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Appeal to the Govt. to make organ donation mandatory

Views - 150 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Having established the Kidney Transplant Support Foundation in 2007, the National Organ Donor Program was formally launched in 2009 by then-Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, with the support of my consortium partner, the National Kidney Founda

Gynaecological cancers account for 30% of women’s cancers

Views - 52 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:58

The statistics for women’s cancers are relatively standard around the world; while the most common cancer in women is breast cancer, gynaecological cancers, though lower in incidences, pose a significant threat, with deadly consequences if not dete

‘Let the Blind See’ with Wickramarachchi Opticians and Orel IT’s OrCam

Views - 39 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:57

Sri Lanka’s pioneering vision and hearing care specialist, J.M. Wickramarachchi Opticians together with Orel IT, recently launched the revolutionary artificial vision technology in Sri Lanka. This technology which has taken the world by storm with

Ceylon Chamber to hold wellness session in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019

Views - 23 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:54

On 8 March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is organising a special wellness session for working women, conducted by Irushi Aluwihara. Irushi is the Director of Image Consultants, and is a fully-fledged

President says decline in kidney disease due to strengthening of treatment and prevention programs

Views - 28 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:54

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the prevalence of kidney patients is declining in the last two years due to the broad program implemented to strengthen the treatment and prevention of kidney disease. President Sirisena made this observation

Ceylinco Healthcare doubles capacity to administer radioactive Iodine treatment

Views - 33 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL), which operates two of the most advanced radiation therapy centres in the country, has doubled its capacity to administer Radioactive Iodine (RAI) treatment to patients afflicted with thyroid cancer and thyrot

Mastercard connects cardholders to world-class healthcare

Views - 48 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Mastercard has unveiled a suite of added healthcare benefits for Mastercard branded consumer credit cardholders in Sri Lanka. The company has partnered with Global Health and Travel, and Fullerton Health to offer Mastercard cardholder savings of up t

Hemas Hospitals launches LiveTrack, Sri Lanka’s first online patient appointment tracking facility

Views - 102 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Hemas Hospitals, the first and only hospital chain in Sri Lanka to have been accredited from the Australian Council on Health Standards (ACHSI), the gold standard in quality and patient safety globally, announced the launch of LiveTrack, a first-of-i

Nawaloka Hospitals marks World Cancer Day with special cancer screening offers this month

Views - 30 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

With the alarming increase in the number of cancer patients who are diagnosed with the disease in its advanced stages, early detection is becoming ever more crucial in the battle to save lives. In recognition of this and to mark ‘World Cancer Day

Hemas Health app to revolutionise health and wellness in Sri Lanka

Views - 552 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

The first and only hospital chain in Sri Lanka to have been accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHSI), Hemas Hospitals sparked a revolution in digitally-enabled healthcare in Sri Lanka with the launch of the Hemas Health mo

President launches new website of ‘Hadata-Hadak’ trust fund

Views - 36 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena launched the new website of the ‘Hadata-Hadak’ trust fund at the premises of the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital recently. This fund has been established under the initiation of the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital in orde

Family doctor for every family

Views - 49 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:03

The World Bank Board has approved a Primary healthcare System StrengtheningProject (PSSP) amountingto $200 million for the GoSL. It has three components: (i) PHC system reorganisation and strengthening strategies through the routine health sector pla

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

Views - 20 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:02

PARIS (Reuters): Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017

Harm reduction takes centre stage at Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum

Views - 50 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:02

Disruptive innovation has changed the way we live and work, giving shape to new markets, products and value networks across almost every sphere since the turn of the century. Just like every other sector that has dabbled with disruption, the tobacco

Heart attack tied to edible marijuana is a warning to doctors

Views - 31 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:01

Reuters Health: As medical and recreational marijuana becomes legal in more and more places, experts worry there isn’t enough science on the risks and benefits of the drug, especially for patients with heart disease. In a new case report, doctors d

Durdans Hospital dedicated to managing heart arrhythmia

Views - 34 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Our regular heartbeat is created by electrical impulses occurring at regular intervals in the heart which helps move blood around the body thus fulfilling the primary function of the heart. Arrhythmia occurs when the heart’s electrical system goes

Dialog empowers the speech and hearing impaired with Athuru Mithuru

Views - 40 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has launched ‘Athuru Mithuru’, the country’s first tri-lingual (Sinhala, Tamil and English) Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for those with language, sp

Beta Diabetic Footwear Solutions – ‘Your Feet, Our Concern’

Views - 94 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

According to the World Health Organization an estimated 1.6 million deaths in 2016 were directly caused by diabetes. Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, the disease is a major cause of lower limb amputation. Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (

Mel Medura launches ‘Art Therapy’ to further help people cope with addiction

Views - 41 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

When it was realised that over 30% of suicides are linked to alcohol and drug addiction, the Sumithrayo Drug Demand Reduction Program (Mel Medura) was set up in 1984. Since then Mel Medura has been in the forefront of rehabilitating those with diffic

The malady of misaligned medical pricing

Views - 52 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

The rapid growth of the world’s population, coupled with constant advancement in biotechnological and biomedical research, has given rise to more people needing access to frequently evolving treatment. With wealth disparity continually widening, th

Ceylinco Life policyholders offered 50% off for radiation treatment at Ceylinco Healthcare Services

Views - 63 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Ceylinco Life has announced that the company’s policyholders are eligible for up to 50% off on the costs of radiation therapy at Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL), a wholly-owned subsidiary that offers the latest advancements in cancer treat

Ruhunu Hospital makes headway completing over 2,000 eye surgeries

Views - 104 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital Ltd., pioneer in the private healthcare sector of the southern region, having successfully completed over 2,000 eye surgeries, recently relaunched its Eye Surgery Unit, now housing the latest technology required to carry out cataract

Ceylinco Life helps 4,400 people see doctors in 2018

Views - 34 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

More than 4,400 Sri Lankans, most of them from rural areas, were provided free access to doctors in 2018 under a corporate social responsibility initiative of Ceylinco Life. Titled ‘Waidya Hamuwa’ (Meet the doctor), the program, in its 15th year

Signia chooses Sri Lanka to launch latest hearing aid in Asia

Views - 94 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

In recognition of Sri Lanka’s outstanding technical advancements in the fields of audiology and hearing care, world-renowned hearing aid manufacturer Signia recently launched its latest innovation for the first time in Asia, at a gala ceremony held

New GScan screening increases success of pregnancy

Views - 218 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Credence Genomics Ltd., Sri Lanka’s pioneer in clinical genomics and only Next Generation Sequencing facility has launched GScan range of diagnostics for infertility related issues. Non Invasive GScan (Non Invasive Pre-natal Testing) and IVF GScan

Sri Lanka Chamber of Medical Devices Industry hosts 4th AGM

Views - 274 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Chamber of Medical Devices Industry (SLCMDI) held its fourth Annual General Meeting, at the Atrium Lobby, Cinnamon Grand in Colombo recently. The monumental event was held under the patronage of State Minister of Health Faizal Cassim wh

More die after surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined: Study

Views - 38 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Around the world 4.2 million people die every year within 30 days after surgery – with half of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a new study reveals. There is also a significant unmet need for surgery in LMICs and

WHO and vaccine group back ‘critical’ cervical cancer shots

Views - 31 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

LONDON: A vaccine given to girls to protect them against a virus that causes cervical cancer is a ‘critical’ health tool and access to it should be scaled up as swiftly as possible, especially in poorer countries, cancer experts said on Monday. F

Balasooriya Hospital receives Platinum Award at ‘Thambapanni Abhimani’ Business Excellence Awards

Views - 46 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Balasooriya Private Hospital one of the leading names amongst the private hospitals in Sri Lanka was the proud winner of a Platinum Award at the ‘Thambapanni Abhimani’ Business Excellence Awards. The award ceremony, organised by the Puttalam Dis

Health systems must provide cancer screening, detection and diagnosis at all levels of care

Views - 85 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Cancer is far from an equal-opportunity killer. In 2018 – 18.1 million new cases developed worldwide, while around 9.6 million people died from the disease. 70% of those deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries, including those of the WHO

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“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we

A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of

Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director

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