NMRA launches digitalisation project to improve efficiency and cut down processing time

Views - 73 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has launched the first phase of its digitalisation project which was generated in partnership with Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka and techn

Lanka Hospitals offers free WiFi connectivity to all in-house patients

Views - 4 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals PLC, the internationally accredited, multi award-winning healthcare provider has set yet another milestone in its service offerings for all in-house patients by offering free WiFi connectivity. The service offers 24/7 full streaming a

Hemas Hospitals launch ‘Suwa Sisu’ program to uplift school children’s health and safety preparedness

Views - 6 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Empowering school children island-wide to successfully manage health and safety risks, Hemas Hospitals launched the ‘Suwa Sisu’ program and initially conducted training sessions for first-aid champions. Suwa Sisu is a comprehensive health and saf

Darley Butler & Company offers lucrative discounts for world-famous BackJoy posture corrector seats

Views - 6 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

In a move to make you sit comfortably with correct posture, Darley Butler & Company offers very lucrative discounts for world famous BackJoy posture corrector seats. BackJoy is a safe and effective way to relieve lower back pain and improve posture

Nawaloka Hospital Negombo marks 4 years of excellence in medical care

Views - 11 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Nawaloka Hospital Negombo celebrated four years of making world class healthcare more accessible to the people of Negombo, recently. Thanking patrons for their continued support the management and staff of the Hospital had organised several events to

Fund battling AIDS, TB and malaria seeks $14 b to invigorate fight

Views - 15 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): At least $ 14 billion is needed to accelerate the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and quell stubborn epidemics that still kill millions, the head of a global health fund said on Friday. Announcing a fundraising target for

Pfizer to shut two manufacturing plants in India

Views - 12 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Reuters: US drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday it was shutting down two manufacturing plants in India that make generic injectables like penicillin in response to falling demand. The company employs around 1,700 workers at the two factories in th

Sri Lanka’s first portable clinical-quality ECG Avidhrt Sense now at Dialog

Views - 348 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, and Avidhrt Inc. have partnered to launch Avidhrt Sense, the country’s first and only portable vital monitor, available to the Sri Lankan public. Avidhrt Sense is the only

Latest trial in J&J talc litigations begins in California

Views - 16 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Reuters: A California jury last week heard opening statements in the latest trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products, including the company’s baby powder, were contaminated with asbestos and cause cancer. The lawsuit br

Durdans Heart Centre celebrates 20 years of leading cardiac care

Views - 10 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

The Durdans Heart Centre celebrates 20 years of cardiac care in January 2019. It has become a trusted centre for cardiac care and is home to many leading cardiac specialists in the country. Having opened its doors for cardiac care in 1999, Durdans He

George Goonaratne Optometrists begins rebranding branches as ‘Lens Expert’

Views - 13 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:35

George Goonaratne Optometrists, first to produce focal lenses in Sri Lanka and first to introduce CR 39 plastic RX lenses as well now rebranded their branches in Colombo-11, Punchi Borella, Rajagiriya, Nugegoda (two branches), Colombo-10, Piliyandala

Bristol-Myers beefs up cancer portfolio with $ 74 b Celgene buy

Views - 16 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:34

REUTERS: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said yesterday it would buy Celgene Corp for about $ 74 billion, creating a pharma company with several blockbuster cancer drugs and making it one of the biggest mergers on record in the sector. Bristol-Myers pionee awarded with ‘Best Display Stall’at Infotel 2018

Views - 10 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:31 was recognised and awarded with ‘Best Display Stall’ at the ‘Infotel Awards Night – 2018’ held on 28 November at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. This award was given based on the participation at the recently concluded ‘InfotelICT Exh

The Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka recognises

Views - 10 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:31

One of Sri Lanka’s leading smart phone health and fitness app was accredited by the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) for fulfilling accepted standards in confidentiality and digital interactions. “We are honoured to be

Hemas Pharmaceuticals launches Pharmacists Skill Development Program

Views - 28 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:31

Leading local pharmaceutical importer and distributor Hemas Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka recently launched its inaugural Pharmacists Skill Development Program with the objective of gearing pharmacis

SLT in collaboration with Ceylinco Insurance provides new medical insurance cover for SLT customers

Views - 17 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:31

SLT recently announced the launch of Telehealth Insurance, a special medial insurance scheme, provided in collaboration with Ceylinco General Insurance Ltd., a popular choice of Sri Lankans for their insurance needs. The agreement was signed by the t

Pilot project to issue Personal Health Numbers

Views - 7 Monday, 7 January 2019 00:30

The Policy Development Office (PDO) of the Prime Minister’s Office visited the Teaching Hospital Karapitiya and Elpitiya Base Hospital in Galle District to assess the progress of the innovative project on issuing the Personal Health Number (PHN). H

Balasooriya Hospital receives Gold at SDEA Awards 2018

Views - 15 Thursday, 3 January 2019 01:16

Balasooriya Private Hospital Chairman Priyanthalal Balasooriya received the Gold Award in the Medium Category, Service Sector, National Level at Social Dialog & Workplace Cooperation Awards 2018 organised by the Social Dialog & Workplace Cooperation

Fitness affects stroke risk

Views - 11 Thursday, 3 January 2019 01:16

Reuters Health: Low fitness levels have long been tied to higher risk for heart problems. Now researchers say men’s cardiorespiratory fitness is tied to their risk for stroke as well. Researchers in Norway followed 2,014 middle-aged men for more th

Browns Hospitals’ continued excellence in Sri Lankan healthcare recognised at Dental Awards 2018

Views - 182 Thursday, 3 January 2019 01:14

Brown Hospitals, a fast-growing healthcare service provider, was recently awarded the 1st Runner Up prize in the Best Practice Brand and Design category at the inaugural Dental Awards 2018. The event, which was held at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajap

One-floor living helps seniors ‘age in place’

Views - 11 Thursday, 3 January 2019 01:13

Reuters Health: Older adults are less likely to need to change residences if their homes have certain features, including no stairs, a new study found. “Most older adults do not want to move to a nursing home, and supporting older adults to age in

Boys’ weight in puberty tied to adult diabetes risk

Views - 10 Thursday, 3 January 2019 01:13

Reuters Health: When young boys gain a lot of weight at puberty, they may be increasing their risk of developing diabetes decades later, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers examined body mass index (BMI) measurements for 36,176 men when they were 8

Commercial Bank City Officestaff help Accident Service at National Hospital

Views - 23 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Staff Welfare Society of Commercial Bank City Officerecently donated bedsheets and pillow cases to Ward No. 77 of Accident Service at National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Sriyan Fernando, President of the Staff Welfare Society and Manager Credit BuddhikaR

Union Manushyathwaya raises awareness on diabetes through ‘Be Active. Be Sugar Free’ program

Views - 25 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Union Manushyathwaya, the CSR brand of Union Assurance PLC, has formed its endeavours to create awareness among the public on adopting preventing measures against three diseases – thalassemia, diabetes and dengue. All these initiatives are centred, e-Swabhimani winner in Health & Wellness category

Views - 22 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

e-Swabhimani awards, the nation’s premier digital, social impact awards 2018 was held recently at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. This prestigious national event celebrating the outstanding digital impact solutions organised by Information & Communicati

Santa Claus brings unprecedented cheer via BeyondWealth; a rollicking season for doctors

Views - 96 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Doctors are getting a bushel load from Santa this season of good cheer, and the bonanza is Beyond Wealth’s Professional Investment Services for doctors working hard for their money. Doctors being busy professionals, have little or no time to know h

Prof. Vajira Dissanayake honored with SLT ZeroOne Life Time Achievement Award

Views - 23 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Professor Vajira H.W. Dissanayake was honoured with the Life Time Achievement Award Digital Excellence at the SLT ZeroOne Award Ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the yeomen contribution he has made over the years to promote and facilitate the develo

Study finds chronic fatigue clues in overactive immune response

Views - 25 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Scientists exploring what may trigger a complex disorder known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have found clues in the way some people’s immune systems respond more actively to a health attack. A severe illness characterised by

Lanka Hospitals launches its first Medical and Channelling Centre in Galle

Views - 82 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Lanka Hospitals PLC, the internationally accredited, multi award-winning healthcare provider, launched its first Medical and Channelling Centre in Galle recently. The centre is the first of its kind to be established by Lanka Hospitals in Sri Lanka.

Seylan Bank partners SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka to light up their season

Views - 24 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Aspiring to create a memorable season, Seylan Bank has come forward to support the SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka (SOSCVSL) by raising Rs. 1 million. Christmas is a time for giving and a time for celebrating – with this initiative, the childr

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Unless addressed, wages issue will keep troubling Bangladesh’s garment industry

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The recent week-long mass protests by garment workers in Bangladesh came to an end after an upward revision of wages for six classes of workers. But even after the upward revision, the Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than what workers in compara

Is GDP the ideal metric of the future?

Friday, 18 January 2019

In an age of stark contradictions, we live in a world where the exclusive 1% enjoy access to an abundance of wealth and resources but also a world where a billion people scarcely have enough to eat and have limited access to health and education. Whi

Evaluation of economic performance: 4 years into Yahapalana Government

Friday, 18 January 2019

The Yahapalana Government completed four years on 8 January this year. The four-year journey was a rough ride with a clear rift between the President and the UNP; the ruling party. The Government continues to face severe criticism from both inside an

Elimination of bribery and corruption

Friday, 18 January 2019

Bribery and corruption can be regarded as a malicious cancer that has penetrated into almost every strata of Sri Lankan state. It can be considered a major factor affecting Sri Lanka’s poverty, backwardness and indebtedness. Abuse of power by thos

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