Rajitha explains 5% price hike in medicines

Views - 22 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:21

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday explained the reason to increase the prices of medicines in the market by five percent.

Health Ministry considers using private hospital facilities to minimise waiting period for heart and

Views - 4 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous medicine is in discussions with private hospitals to use their facilities to perform heart and eye surgeries in order to minimise the waiting time for the patients.

Prenatal and early childhood fructose tied to asthma in kids

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Reuters Health: Grade school kids may be more likely to develop asthma if they consumed lots of drinks

Sampath Credit and Debit Cardholders offered discounts on eChannelling services

Views - 17 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

eChannelling PLC, the pioneer and largest doctor channelling network in Sri Lanka, has tied up with SampathCards to offer its Credit and Debit Cardholders massive discounts on eChannelling service fee.

Executive function declines long-term after ‘transient’ brain attacks

Views - 7 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Reuters Health: People who have so-called transient neurological attacks, including brief mini-strokes, may develop cognitive problems that linger for months, a recent study suggests.

Probiotics and xylitol don’t help sore throats

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Reuters Health: Two potential remedies for bacterial infections, probiotics and xylitol, didn’t ease sore throat symptoms in an experiment designed to see whether these options might be used to curb overuse of antibiotics

‘Swadeshi Safeplus Citro’ herbal mosquito repellent introduced by Swadeshi Industrial Works

Views - 18 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC, Sri Lanka’s foremost and pioneering herbal-personal care product manufacturer in a bid to eradicate dengue menace from the country has introduced ‘Swadeshi Safeplus Citro’

SLCPI calls for a proactive approach for treating cardiovascular diseases and promoting cardiovascul

Views - 16 Friday, 15 December 2017 10:11

Given the rising global prevalence of cardiovascular diseases – responsible for one-third of deaths worldwide and a staggering 40% of deaths in Sri Lanka – the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industries (SLCPI) called for urgent proactive

Lanka Hospitals partners with SLCH in continuing medical education activities

Views - 11 Friday, 15 December 2017 10:10

Lanka Hospitals PLC, an internationally-accredited healthcare provider in the forefront of the medical industry, partnered with the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists (SLCH) to conduct a Continuing Medical Education (CME) session on Flow Cytometry (

Mel Medura gets set to reduce alcohol misuse in time for year-end

Views - 9 Friday, 15 December 2017 10:09

This is the time of year when many people make New Year resolutions to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. However, without professional help they quickly slip back into their usual pattern of misuse.

Nawaloka Hospitals unveils landmark, multi-storey Specialist Centre

Views - 16 Friday, 15 December 2017 10:06

Sri Lanka’s super-specialty hospital, Nawaloka Hospitals, acclaimed for pioneering the private healthcare revolution in the country, announced another major milestone with the opening of their multi-storey Specialist Centre and car park. The brand

A universal good: How increased health coverage can help beat back antimicrobial resistance

Views - 53 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

Ensuring all people everywhere have access to health services that are affordable, of good quality and within reach is a public health imperative.

US and SL launch Rs. 306 m HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership 

Views - 17 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

On 8 December, the Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched a two-year HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership to fast track Government efforts to end AIDS by 2025.

Nearly half of Sri Lankan doctors are not aware of symptoms of autism, study finds

Views - 22 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

A recent research study has found that nearly half of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of the symptoms of autism and fail to recognise the early signs of the neurological disorder seen in children.

Philippines to seek refund of $59 m from Sanofi amid vaccine risk

Views - 15 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

Manila (Reuters): The Philippines will seek the return of three billion pesos ($59 million) it paid French drug maker Sanofi for a dengue vaccine used to immunise hundreds of thousands of children that Sanofi has said could

GOYO’s digital fitness solution receives two back-to-back awards

Views - 11 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00 provides screening for diabetes

Views - 21 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

World Diabetes Day 2017 which was commemorated on 14 November enhanced the continuing dialogue about the disease globally. Diabetes is a growing concern as a major non communicable disease. In fact it is considered to be reaching epidemic proportion

Nawaloka Hospitals re-launches fully-fledged Diabetes Centre with special attention to foot care

Views - 11 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Diabetes is a chronic and costly disease with serious complications which is a rising menace especially in developing countries like Sri Lanka. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the prevalence of diabetes among adults in Sri L

Nawaloka Hospitals wins Gold Award for Most Outstanding Annual Report

Views - 14 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Nawaloka Hospitals has achieved Gold Award for the Most Outstanding Annual Report in the Healthcare Institutions Sector for the year 2017. The achievement is still greater since this is the sixth consecutive year to have won the Gold Award. “The

Lanka Hospitals team ‘Black Ants’ win Gold at ICQCC

Views - 17 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Lanka Hospitals team ‘Black Ants’ from the General Operation Theatre won the prestigious gold award for best quality circles at the International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC), held recently in Manila, Philippines. The ICQCC is se

Metropolis Healthcare turns 12 in SL; to invest Rs. 500 m for expansion

Views - 42 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a global chain of pathology labs and diagnostic centres, celebrates 12 successful years in Sri Lanka. To mark this accomplishment, Metropolis Healthcare announced that it will invest Rs. 500 million to expand its laborator

WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

Views - 8 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flatlining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Malaria infected around

Rotary reaches 99.99% of polio-free world goal

Views - 54 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Rotary International, a non-profit service organisation, saves billions of lives through its humanitarian acts and is open to all people regardless of any social background. Rotary works towards a better world for all and its most notable current glo

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: Study

Views - 17 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

AFP: Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 – some 800,000 cases – were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the proportion of cases chalked up

SL targets to end HIV/AIDS by 2025

Views - 24 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Sri Lanka, which records a continuous low prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS, targets to end HIV/AIDS seven years before the UN’s target of ending the disease by 2030, a top official of the National STD/AIDS Control Program said. Com

Foundation stone to be laid for national kidney hospital in Polonnaruwa

Views - 30 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

The foundation stone for the first kidney hospital in South Asia, to be built in Polonnaruwa, will be laid during the first week of December. The hospital will be constructed following a proposal of President Maithripala Sirisena. The project will be

Diabetics with related eye damage have increased falling risk

Views - 15 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

Reuters Health: People with diabetic retinopathy are more likely to fall than diabetics who have not developed vision problems, a study in Singapore suggests. Among almost 9,500 middle aged and older adults, those with moderate diabetic retinopathy w

World Diabetes Day 2017: Union Assurance reinforces diabetes awareness through Union Manushyathwaya

Views - 16 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

Union Manushyathwaya, the CSR platform of Union Assurance always dedicates its efforts to be responsible by making a positive contribution towards the community in which they operate in. Union Manushyathwaya is envisioned to execute community program

Apollo Hospitals India launch DNA based diagnostics with Sri Lanka’s Credence Genomics for infectio

Views - 227 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

The Apollo Hospitals Group, India’s largest integrated healthcare provider announced the launch of a portfolio of cutting edge diagnostics services for infectious diseases. The new line of tests is being offered in partnership with Credence Genomic

Rotary gifts Sri Lanka its first Human Heart Valve Bank

Views - 53 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

The Ministry of Health states that today there are 2,500-3,000 children born with a congenital heart disease every year in Sri Lanka. Most of them will need either surgical or catheter based treatment within the first year of their life. Unless treat

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Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.

MS-RW Unity Govt. must stay united for the sake of the country

Friday, 19 January 2018

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether

The joy of books! Cuddling up with a wish to explore

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I walked into a small communication shop to discover that you can buy almost anything from rubber seeds and tree leaves to bird feathers to support a student attending a school. I noted that all leaves are properly and accurately (hopefully!) identif

Wake up, drifting mega infrastructure development professionals!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th

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