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Sri Lanka has 45,000 drug addicts – DDCB

It has been estimated that four kilos of heroin are consumed by 45,000 addicts in Sri Lanka. Dangerous Drugs Control Board (DDCB) Chairman Prof. Ravindra Fernando made this revelation during a media conference at the DDCB auditorium on December 29.   Prof. Fernando said the addicts consumed an estimated 1,478 …

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Doctors threaten strike on Jan. 10

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said would launch a countrywide strike on January 10 against the government’s failure to pay their due allowances.   Addressing a news conference in Colombo, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said it would cost the government around Rs. 300 million per month to pay …

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Colombo could be like Delhi soon

Colombo could face air pollution issue like New Delhi soon, Central Environment Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara said yesterday. He said that the city of Colombo could face an air pollution issue like New Delhi as a result of increased emissions. “These emissions remain in the lower atmosphere with the increase …

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About 2,766 HIV positive cases detected

Dr. Dharshanie Mallikaratne yesterday said at a clinic conducted by the Sabaragamus Provincial Council that there were 2,766 HIV positive patients in the country and 126 of them had been identified from the Ratnapura and Kegalle Districts.   She said the Health Services Department of the Provincial Council had subjected …

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Health Minister explains 5% price hike in medicines

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne today explained the reason to increase the prices of medicines in the market by five percent. According to Dr. Senaratne, the importers of pharmaceuticals had requested to increase their prices by 5 percent as they are incurring losses due to …

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Rajitha to net 30,000 quacks

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that there were around 30,000 quacks practising medicine in the country.   Dr. Senaratne said that the ministry has received information of such bogus doctors operating dispensaries and treatment centers countrywide and that he sought the assistance of the …

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Grace period to register for private medical institutions

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday extended the grace period given to all private sector health institutions to register with the Health Ministry’s Private Sector Regulatory Unit (PHRU).   Dr. Senaratne, participating in discussions at the Health Ministry, on a report submitted by KPMG International, a world leader in audit, …

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Sri Lanka eliminated malaria – Rajitha

In 2008, the last case of indigenous malaria-related death was reported in Sri Lanka. The National Strategic Plan was developed with the aim of achieving malaria elimination within a time-bound framework to reach zero local transmission by 2014. Since Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free on Sept. 5, the country has …

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Shocking 177,423 dengue cases so far this year

Director General Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe yesterday disclosed that the total number of dengue cases recorded from January to December 12 this year had reached a colossal 177,423 while the dengue death toll for the whole year was 420.   From January to December last year the number of …

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