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New dialysis unit established at Colombo National Hospital

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says fully pledged free health services have been established in the country as a result of the successful program being implemented by the government in the health field. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the new dialysis unit at Colombo National Hospital Thursday …

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GMOA opposes appointment of Colvin as SLMC Chairman

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday accused Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne of disregarding the instructions of Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe by appointing Prof. Colvin Guneratne as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).   GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge said the PM had specifically instructed the Minister Senaratne …

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Second heart transplant patient not lucky

Nineteen-year-old Sachini Sewwandi who underwent a heart transplant at the cardio thoracic unit of the Kandy hospital on Sept 27 died on Saturday.   Sewwandi is said to have died from a bacterial infection.It was the country’s second heart transplant surgery.   The second successful heart transplant operation was carried out …

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Sri Lanka to receive new international support on tobacco control

Sri Lanka has been selected to receive dedicated international support through the United Nations to take action to reduce tobacco use. Tobacco use is extremely harmful for health and is one of the world’s leading causes of premature death.  Tobacco use is a cause of many life-threatening diseases including cancer, …

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Fertility rate among Lankan women 2.2

The Demographic and Health Survey report 2016 has revealed that the total fertility rate among women in the reproductive age now stands at 2.2. Contraceptive prevalence rate which reflects the use of contraceptives among currently married women is 65 percent.   The report of the Demographic and Health Survey (DgHS– …

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Dengue eradication week on MoH deploys 3,000 teams this time

The Ministry of Health is deploying over 3,000 teams during the dengue eradication week, which commenced yesterday, Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne said. “Sixty-eight teams have been deployed in the CMC area and they will investigate sites for four days,” he said. The Minister of Health added that there are …

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