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GMOA welcomes SAITM solution

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), welcoming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to absorb students from the Medical School of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) into the Kotalawela Defence University’s Medical Faculty, yesterday said that, however, the issue was far from over.   GMOA Secretary, Dr Haritha …

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Maharagama Apeksha Hospital gets PET Scanner

The positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, purchased with the funds collected from the public through a fundraising campaign supported by Manusath Derana, is currently in the process of being installed at a newly-built building of the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama. The installation process is likely to be concluded within the …

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Police makes 1670 arrests

Police media spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that the Police made 1670 arrests on  30th night , following a special island wide operation. During the operation 3715 files were filed for traffic violations. 719 suspects were charged for drunk driving while a further 554 were charged for minor crimes. 5 …

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Docs to commence a token strike

The government doctors will commence an island-wide one day token strike from 8 am today, our news sources said. This was earlier warned by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA).

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GMOA to launch one day token strike tomorrow

The Government Medical Officers’ Association announced today that all medical practitioners will go on a one day token strike tomorrow (30). GMOA officials stated that the token strike will be conducted as a warning prior to a major strike that will be launched in the near future. It has been …

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Health Ministry claims drastic drop in dengue

Around 4,900 dengue patients had been reported from January 1 to 27, health ministry officials said.   However, it was a drastic decrease compared to the corresponding period last year, community physician at the National Dengue Eradication Unit, Dr. Prasheela Samaraweera said. “In January 2017, we received 10,927 cases. The …

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Private hospitals to be regulated from Feb.04

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said on Saturday that he will commence regulating private hospitals in the country from Feb 4 come what may.   Addressing a ceremony to mark the laying of a foundation stone for a nine-storeyed ward complex at a cost of Rs …

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Pictorial warning on cigarette pack to be further simplified

Steps will be taken to further simplify pictorial warnings on cigarette packets the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) announced. Chairman of NATA Dr. Palitha Abeykoon said the proposal has already been submitted to the cabinet. “Although there was a drop in the cigarette consumption, statistics show that about …

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PET scanner for Maharagama Cancer Hospital arrives

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanner purchased for the Maharagama Apeksha Cancer Hospital has been brought to the country by air freight. The PET Scanner was purchased from German company Siemens, a world leader in medical technology for Rs. …

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