UNFPA reflects on 5 decades of advancements in sexual and reproductive health and rights in SL

Views - 1 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:56

“I had always wanted to become a mother, but this moment was a critical moment for me professionally, so we decided to wait a year before we had a child,” says Razni (30). In 1994, the landmark International Conference on Population and Developme

Ceylinco Life gifts 4-bed High Dependency Unit to Kandy Teaching Hospital

Views - 3 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:54

The Teaching Hospital Kandy, the second-largest medical institution in the country, has become the fifth government hospital to receive a fully-equipped and furnished High Dependency Unit (HDU) from Ceylinco Life under a corporate social responsibili

Hemas Hospitals helps host Perinatal Association of Private Hospitals symposium

Views - 3 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:53

Leading healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals shored up its commitment to uplifting the quality and standards of the Sri Lankan medical field by starring as the chief organiser of the symposium of the Perinatal Association of Private Hospitals (PAPH) i

UK doctors reveal separation of twins joined at the head

Views - 3 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:52

LONDON (Reuters): Two-year-old twins joined at the head have undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to separate their skulls, brains and blood vessels, doctors said on Tuesday. The highly complex surgery involved multiple operations on Sa

AIDS deaths down a third since 2010: UN

Views - 3 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:51

PARIS (AFP): HIV-related deaths last year fell to around 770,000 – some 33% lower than in 2010 – the United Nations said Tuesday, but warned that global efforts to eradicate the disease were stalling as funding dries up. An estimated 37.9 millio

Rs. 9 b from Netherlands for strengthening health delivery service in Northern Province 

Views - 22 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:15

A loan agreement was signed between the Government and ING Bank N.V. of the Netherlands for an amount of EUR 45 million (around Rs. 9 billion) for strengthening the health delivery service in the Northern Province last week at The Hague, the Nether

LB Finance contributes to ‘battle against drugs’ by building rehabilitation centre

Views - 10 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:13

Recently, LB Finance – the people’s choice of financial service provider – built and donated a rehabilitation centre (new life rehabilitation centre) for ‘Nawa Jeevana Amadyapa Handa Society’ located in the Rumassala area. The ‘Nawa Jeev

Workshop on patient and public involvement and engagement in health research on 22 July

Views - 12 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:11

The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in collaboration with Institute for Research and Development (IRD) will conduct the workshop ‘Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in Health and Social Care: Its Role and Relevance in the Res

Ruhunu Hospital Diagnostics expands to Galle with state-of-the-art laboratory

Views - 28 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital Diagnostics, in its relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction and convenience, has opened its latest state-of-the-art laboratory in Galle. Located at No. 69 Wakwella Road, Galle, the laboratory adds to RHD’s already considerable f

Healthnet revamps website and enhances customer experience

Views - 13 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

Healthnet, Sri Lanka’s first full service e-pharmacy, has upgraded its web platform and added more services to enhance the customer experience. The new website, sporting a fresh new look and offering a host of new features, was launched at a ceremo

Lanka Hospitals delivers 1250th IVF baby

Views - 19 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals, the internationally accredited multi award-winning private healthcare provider announced the successful delivery of 1250 IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) babies. The Lanka Hospitals Fertility Centre has set several benchmarks in the subf

Doc990 service extends booking facilities to Lanka Hospitals

Views - 34 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

Doc990, Sri Lanka’s pioneering digital health solutions service provider, recently announced the extension of its booking services to include Lanka Hospitals. This integration will allow Doc990 users to make bookings at Lanka Hospitals with ease, b

Durdans Heart Centre pioneers ‘Re-do Minimally Invasive Direct Aortic Artery Bypass Surgery’

Views - 11 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:00

Durdans Heart Centre successfully performed the ‘Re-do (re-operative) Minimally Invasive Direct Aortic Artery Bypass Surgery’ (Re-do CABG) on a cardiac patient who had gone through a bypass surgery18 years ago. This is also the first time that a

Sri Lanka reviews health sector response to Easter Sunday events

Views - 25 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

The Government of Sri Lanka conducted a review of the country’s health sector response to the Easter Sunday events of April 2019. The devastating Easter Sunday explosions in Sri Lanka left over 250 dead and 500 wounded in several locations across t

Global surgical guidelines drive cut in post-surgery deaths: study

Views - 19 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

The English National Health Service (NHS) reduced post-operative deaths by 37.2% following the introduction of globally recognised surgical guidelines – paving the way for lifesaving action in low – and middle – income countries (LMICs), a new

AbbVie looks beyond Humira with $ 63 billion deal for Botox-maker Allergan

Views - 23 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

Reuters: Drugmaker AbbVie Inc. said on Tuesday it would acquire Allergan Plc for about $ 63 billion, giving AbbVie control over the lucrative wrinkle treatment Botox and buying time to seek new growth before its blockbuster arthritis treatment Humira

Ninewells Hospital partners CH17 Loyalty

Views - 62 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

Popular loyalty platform CH17 Loyalty has engaged Ninewells Hospital for specialty medical facilities and services for the female loyalty membership in the corporate sector. Ninewells is a star-class specialty treatment centre for all types of medica

FDA approves drug for loss of sexual desire in women

Views - 22 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

Reuters: The US drug regulator on Friday approved Palatin Technologies and Amag Pharmaceuticals’ drug to restore sexual desire in premenopausal women, the latest attempt to come up with a therapy that some have dubbed as “female Viagra”. The t

Badulla Hospital receives two cardiotocography machines 

Views - 32 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:32

Two cardiotocography machines were recently donated to the Maternity Ward of the Badulla General Hospital by the members of the Subian family. The existing four machines could not meet the demands of the hospital and this was communicated to the dono

UK Medical Aid to Sri Lanka, Inner Wheel Club of Colombo West donate incubator to Puttalam Hospital

Views - 23 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:30

Medical Aid to Sri Lanka, UK in collaboration with Inner Wheel Club of Colombo West presented the Puttalam Base Hospital with a state-of-the-art incubator worth Rs. 2 million for its Paediatric Ward, on Wednesday 19 June. At a handing over ceremony,

Ceylinco Healthcare Centre’s Chief Radiation Therapist undergoes training in Switzerland

Views - 31 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:29

Thilak De Silva, the Chief Radiation Therapist at Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL) recently visited Switzerland for a training program hosted by Varian Medical Systems International AG, a global leader in Radiation Oncology. He is the second

Pandaterippu Siddha Medicine Centre opens after enhancement

Views - 18 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:28

The Siddha Medicine Centre, Pandaterippu at the Sandilipay Divisional Secretariat area was declared open to the public recently. The existing Siddha Medicine Centre was enhanced using an allocation at Rs. 8.65 million. Ministry of National Policies,

Nawaloka Hospitals partners with PickMe to bring convenience to patrons

Views - 23 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:23

PickMe, Sri Lanka’s leading technology-driven mobility solutions provider recently partnered with leading healthcare provider Nawaloka Hospitals to offer a special promotion to patients and patrons visiting the hospital, offering a 30% discount up

Hemas Hospitals becomes only Sri Lankan hospital to win at Healthcare Asia Awards 2019

Views - 134 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Leading Sri Lankan healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals clinched three coveted awards for Patient Care Initiative of the Year, Service Delivery Innovation Initiative of the Year, and Health Promotion Initiative of the Year at the Healthcare Asia Award

Under pressure: Halting the hazard of hypertension

Views - 26 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

This month’s World Hypertension Day drew people’s attention to an issue which is often ignored by those caught up in the daily rigors of work. The World Health Organization reports that the number of people with hypertension worldwide is estimate

NMRA and WHO hold workshop on medicine pricing policies

Views - 139 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Today in Sri Lanka healthcare costs are escalating, with large amounts being spent on medicines and these amounts continue to increase, making it a growing challenge for Sri Lanka. Hence, this calls for a fair pricing model for both drug development

1990 Emergency Ambulance Service now available island-wide under Indian grant assistance

Views - 25 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The Emergency Ambulance Service was launched in the Eastern Province in a special ceremony held on 23 June in Ampara. Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment Daya Gamage, Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha

Identification of protective antibodies may be key to effective malaria vaccine

Views - 28 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

An Oxford-led study has identified the antibodies that may hold the key to creating the first effective vaccine against malaria infection in the blood. Researchers from the University of Oxford, along with partners from five institutions around the

Scientists develop new laser that can find and destroy cancer cells in blood

Views - 24 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00 Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood. And now, researchers have developed a new kind of laser that can find and zap those tumour cells from the outside of the skin. Though it may still be a ways away f

Complementary therapies in Sri Lanka

Views - 136 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Dr. Francois Tessier, Ph.D., is a French-Canadian citizen from Montreal, Canada, in the French speaking Province of Quebec that is applying to the RGS Visa in Sri Lanka. For over 30 years, Dr. Francois was pursuing a successful career in television

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Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Thursday, 18 July 2019

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati

I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha

Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t

Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio

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