Ninewells supports national effort to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Views - 15 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:00

The management of Ninewells Hospital met with the Regional Validation Team of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) of the Ministry of Health to assist the country’s efforts in eliminating mother-to

World renowned liver transplant specialist says ready to serve SL if necessary infrastructure given

Views - 45 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:00

The world’s most successful and pioneering liver transplant specialist Professor Mohamed Rela asserted that he and his medical team are ready to perform liver transplants on patients in Sri Lanka if the Sri Lankan Government provides necessary infr

Nawaloka Hospitals celebrates 34 pioneering years of healthcare excellence

Views - 29 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka’s foremost private healthcare provider, Nawaloka Hospitals, recently celebrated a 34-year legacy at the pinnacle of the Sri Lankan healthcare sector. Founded by Deshamanya H.K. Dharmadasa in 1985, Nawaloka Hospitals was built around a si

Rotary Club of Colombo West supports 50 cataract operations

Views - 59 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

For the ninth consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Colombo West (RCCW) sponsored 50 cataract operations of the impoverished and elderly at a cost of Rs. 500,000 to be performed at the Eye Clinic of Help Age Hospital at 14 Sinsaba Road, Wellawatta. Th

Durdans Hospital announces special offers and packages for Agrahara beneficiaries

Views - 15 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

Durdans Hospital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) launching a range of exclusive discount offers and packages to serve state sector employees better. Agrahara beneficiaries are now eligible to

Asiri Medical unveils refurbished OPD with modern design and enhanced health care services

Views - 28 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

Asiri Medical Hospital, recognised as the parent and the oldest of the Asiri Group’s seven hospitals, marked over three decades of compassionate, efficient and affordable private healthcare service with a comprehensive refurbishment of its outpatie

International Epidemiological Association holds 1st South Asia regional group meeting in Sri Lanka

Views - 15 Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

International Epidemiological Association (IEA) held its first South Asia regional group meeting in Sri Lanka, parallel to the 24th annual academic sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (CCPSL.) The event was held between 19 an

Lanka Hospitals renews partnership with NITF

Views - 17 Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals, the internationally accredited multiple award-winning healthcare provider, has renewed its partnership with the National Insurance Trust Fund to offer health benefits to Agrahara insurance beneficiaries. The Agrahara insurance schem

The real cost of dengue

Views - 310 Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Rainy season not only brings much-needed water to Sri Lanka, but also an increase in mosquitoes and thus: dengue. As in many southern countries, Sri Lanka faces the challenge of controlling this mosquito-borne disease. Up to September 2019, the Epide

UNFPA hosts panel on women’s health and reproductive rights for sustainable development

Views - 61 Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) brought together international and national experts at a panel discussion as part of the first South East Asia Regional Group Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association, held in conjunction wit

World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns

Views - 22 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned, and governments should work to prepare for and mitigate that risk. T

A citizen-scientist dialogue in Girandurukotte on CKDu

Views - 17 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Ginnoruwa, a village located around six kilometres from Girandurukotte Town, is severely suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease uncertain etiology (CKDu). A group of Ginnoruwa villagers participated in a dialogue-type program at the Mahaweli Developme

SL Eye Donation Society delegation calls on Pakistan High Commissioner

Views - 20 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

A three-member delegation from the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society, led by its President Piyadasa Hewa Wellalage, called on the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (Retd) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat on 19 September and discussed the dona

Long-term care for elderly women in Sri Lanka an urgent need

Views - 44 Friday, 20 September 2019 00:00

Currently, women constitute two thirds of the population above the age of 80 years in Sri Lanka. This phenomenon called ‘feminisation of ageing’, occurs when women make up a larger share of the older population. Feminisation of ageing leads to a

SL’s first 3D Printing unit to design and produce artificial body parts opened at National Hospital

Views - 59 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first ever 3D Printing unit to design and produce artificial body parts was opened at the Accident and Orthopaedic Service of the Colombo National Hospital, this week. The new unit, which has the state-of-the art technology introduced b

International Ayurveda Symposium by Siddhalepa on 5 Oct.

Views - 74 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s reawakened indigenous medicine and its interwoven culture and lifestyle will receive a major boost when Ayurveda specialists from all around the globe gather for a first of its kind Ayurveda symposium to be held in the country on 5 Octo

Asiri Breast Care Centre advocates early detection to fight disease

Views - 33 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women both globally as well as in Sri Lanka, with annual incidence rates showing a disturbingly high increase. As early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are key f

Hemas Hospitals bags 3 top national awards for occupational health and safety

Views - 21 Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:00

Hemas Hospitals, the first and only hospital chain in Sri Lanka to have been accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI), was recognised on three separate occasions for its impressive initiatives in creating a s

Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes elects new office-bearers

Views - 1001 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:50

The Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes recently elected a fresh panel of office-bearers to spearhead change within the industry by continuing the efforts of the association representing the entire private hospitals industry. The memb

Globally renowned prosthetic and orthotic solution provider Ottobock now in Sri Lanka

Views - 89 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:47

Ottobock the world’s leading provider of cutting-edge orthopaedic products and services, specialising in the field of prosthetic and orthotic solutions opened its Sri Lankan Sales Office Ottobock Lanka Ltd. recently. Located at No 63, Gothami Road,

Nawinna Medicare opens new maternity care unit

Views - 24 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:46

Nawinna Medicare Hospitals, Maharagama (, the trusted healthcare provider with more than two decades of tradition, excellence and quality in providing medical care in a comfortable and convenient environment, proudly announces the ope

Astron wins multiple accolades at 18th State Pharma Corp Supplier Convention

Views - 43 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:45

Leading Sri Lankan pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing company Astron Ltd. won multiple accolades at the 18th State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) Supplier Convention held on 24 August at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hambantota. The best supplie

Suicide kills one person every 40 seconds, says WHO

Views - 26 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:44

LONDON (Reuters): Across the world, one person takes their own life every 40 seconds, and more people die by suicide every year than in war, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. Hanging, poisoning and shooting are the most common suici

WHO South-East Asia Region sets 2023 target to eliminate measles, rubella

Views - 37 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Member Countries of WHO South-East Asia Region yesterday resolved to eliminate measles and rubella by 2023, to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by these highly-infectious childhood killer diseases. “The new target to eliminate both the diseas

Six WHO South-East Asia countries felicitated for public health achievements

Views - 27 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

The Ministers of Health of six member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region were felicitated on 3 September for public health achievements in recent months such as measles elimination, hepatitis B control, and elimination of mother-to-child tra

Browns Hospitals bestowed with top award by World Health Congress

Views - 226 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Brown Hospitals, a fast growing healthcare service provider, was recently bestowed with the Award for Best Multi-Specialty Hospital at the World Health and Wellness Congress and Awards. The event was held at the Taj Samudra and was organised by CMO A

Lanka Hospitals receives Best HR Company Award 2019

Views - 41 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals, the internationally accredited multiple award-winning healthcare provider was awarded ‘Best HR Company’ at the recent Sri Lanka HR Leadership Awards 2019. The Sri Lanka HR Leadership Awards gives recognition to the achievements o

HNB inaugurates Customer Centre at Asiri Hospital, Kandy

Views - 36 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Delivering an unprecedented new level of banking convenience to patients, visitors, and employees, Sri Lanka’s largest private sector bank HNB PLC, in partnership with the Softlogic Group’s healthcare arm Asiri Health, opened its newest fully-fle

Kanthilanka Pharmaceuticals bags Platinum at BWIO Awards

Views - 28 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

Kanthilanka Pharmaceuticals, the renowned drug store of Wadduwa, Kalutara was the proud winner of the Platinum Award in small scale, pharmaceuticals and medical accessories category at BWIO Business Excellence awards ceremony. The annual event organi

HealthRecon Connect recognised as Great Place to Work for 2nd consecutive year

Views - 28 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

HealthRecon Connect was recently recognised as a Great Place to Work for the second consecutive year. The certification places HealthRecon Connect in a class of its own, validating its commitment towards sustainable people management practices. Stil

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Elpitiya test market: Implications for brands Gota and Sajith

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

In the traditional world of marketing, we tend to test market a product before going national with it. There are three test marketing areas that are normally selected by FMCG companies - Gampaha, Kandy and Negombo. The logic behind this is that the c

An efficient energy sector for economic growth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

When I saw the advertisement about an Energy Forum organised by PUCSL for a Policy Dialogue on the importance of an efficient energy sector for economic and investment growth, I was very happy as I have been interested in this relationship for more t

Will the rule of law, ethics, and morality be above family rule and crony rule?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The two main contenders for the Presidency of Sri Lanka are Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa. That is stating the obvious. No doubt, some others may have a limited impact on the outcome. Minority votes may benefit Premadasa, while the Sinhala

Addressing past harm

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The approach towards an inclusive and equal society, where all human beings are to be treated equally before the eye of law and every human being should have the right to remedy for the harm done to them, seems nothing but a façade when our memories

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