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Drug price slash helps Sri Lanka improve people’s health

Sri Lanka’s drastic reduction in the price of nearly 50 medicines used to treat heart disease, diabetes and other common ailments has led to a substantial improvement in the health of its people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its latest report.   The world body noted that Health …

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SAITM will not be abolished or nationalised – Rajitha

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that if the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) did not agree to the reasonable and practical solution that had been put forward to resolve the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue its hidden agenda would be proved beyond doubt.   He …

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SPC to issue drugs free until the strike ends

The Health Ministry has decided to issue drugs free of charge from all pharmacies of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation due to the strike launched by the State Pharmaceuticals Association. The State Pharmaceuticals Association launched an island-wide strike today (1). These steps have been taken on the directions of Health, Nutrition …

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Indian to grant US $ 15 million to expand ambulance service

Nationwide expansion of 1990 Suva Sariya pre-hospital care ambulance service will take effect from the first quarter of next year, while further grant of US$ 3 to 4 million from the Indian Government is expected, to build command control and training facility for 1990 emergency service in Kotte, said Deputy …

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Two-day dengue prevention program in Jaffna

A two-day dengue prevention program will be held yesterday  in the Public Health Inspector areas of Jaffna, Government Information Department said. Over 25 groups comprising of army and police officers, and other government authorities will join the program, where they will visit the premises and take necessary remedial and legal …

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Sri Lanka 84th on global hunger index

Sri Lanka ranks 84th out of 119 countries on the global hunger index — behind Nepal, Myanmar and Iraq but ahead of Pakistan and India, according to a report. The country was ranked at 87 in last year’s report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). As per the …

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Twenty percent of state employees suffer from stress

According to statistics at the Mental Health Unit of the Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry, one in five public sector employees suffers from stress, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne revealed this at the opening ceremony of the Pearl Child Guidance center …

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GMOA, Health Ministry lock horns on appointment list

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) had so far not submitted its observations on the post intern appointment list, the Health Ministry said yesterday.   Health Secretary Janaka Sugathadasa said the GMOA was expected to submit its observations to the Ministry by Wednesday (04). At a meeting on Monday the GMOA had been given …

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