Study on acceleration of dengue cases in Batticaloa and social factors influencing dengue

Views - 371 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:28

The Ministry of Health has pointed out that the number of dengue cases identified so far this year is doubled from the total number of dengue cases throughout last year. Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented outbreak of dengue fever, which has resu

CDEM signs agreement with E-Channelling, offers attractive discounts to patients

Views - 287 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:24

The Center for Diabetes Endocrinology and Cardio-Metabolism (CDEM) has signed an agreement with E-Channelling PLC in a bid to further enhance its services to its patients by providing them with greater convenience and benefits.  As per the

India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group

Views - 194 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:22

MUMBAI (Reuters): India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations. The decision by

TMI Chairman and Director meets Nihon Kohden Corporation President and CEO

Views - 210 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:20

TMI Solutions Ltd. Chairman Chrisantha Mendis and TMI Solutions Director Chris Mendis visited Nihon Kohden Corporation President and CEO Hirokazu Ogino at Nihon Kohden Head Quarters Tokyo, Japan recently. TMI Solutions Ltd. is one of the fastest g

Sunshine Healthcare’s Shyam Sathasivam calls for urgent private public collaboration for sustainable

Views - 299 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:56

Takes over the reins as new president of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) for 2017/18 at SLCPI’s 56th Annual General Meeting Newly-elected President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical In

Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics honoured with medical laboratory accreditation from College of American

Views - 265 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:55

Multi award-winning, dynamic hospital brand, Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, continues to reach new heights of excellence in the healthcare services sector. Its fully-owned subsidiary Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) was recently granted the pre

Balasooriya Private Hospital receives Gold & Silver at CNCI Archivers Awards

Views - 254 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:53

Balasooriya Hospital Chairman Priyanthalal Balasooriya received the Gold Award in large category – service sector (provincial level) and the Silver Award in large category – service sector (national level) at the CNCI Achiever Awards 2

2nd South Asian Melioidosis Congress in Colombo 29 to 30 August

Views - 253 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:48

Melioidosis has recently been shown to be endemic in Sri Lanka and the number of diagnosed cases is increasing exponentially. The Sri Lanka Medical Association Oration for 2016 was on this topic. However, awareness regarding this important infecti

Fairfirst introduces Sri Lanka’s very first Dengue Insurance Policy

Views - 319 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

As a response to the recent dengue epidemic in the island, Fairfirst Insurance has developed this unique insurance product. The first of its kind in the industry, this policy will act as a safety net for people in the event of hospitalisation due

Commercial Bank’s ‘Raindrops’ project to combat CKDu enters Phase 2

Views - 298 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Commissions Wayamba University for scientific analysis of properties of rainwater as an alternative to groundwater Commercial Bank of Ceylon has commenced the second phase of its ‘Raindrops’ project to combat Chronic Kid

15 years of nursing excellence with IIHS

Views - 297 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

IIHS has a 15 year old solid academic relationship with Deakin University and offers students a 3 + 1 pathway via IIHS, where they complete a three-year Advanced Diploma in General Nursing program at IIHS and one year at Deakin University where th

“No dengue patients reported from Thalalla”: Public Health Inspector Thalalla

Views - 302 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Text and pix by  P.D. De Silva “No dengue patients have been reported from the Thalalla area,” ensured Public Health Inspector for Thalalla Indika Gunawardena, joining foreign tourists and hotel staff to clean up the picturesq

Gather sufficient information, weigh benefits and risks before picking new dengue vaccine

Views - 485 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi The introduction of the world’s first dengue vaccine ‘Dengvaxia’, which was developed by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Pasteur, and the subsequent approval for its use in neighbouring Singapore, spar

IASL Chief calls for collective effort to improve life insurance penetration

Views - 349 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

By Charumini de Silva  The Insurance Association of Sri Lanka’s (IASL) Chief yesterday called for an urgent and collective effort amongst industry players to make certain the potential of life insurance, which has witnessed dampened

New hope in fight against drug addiction

Views - 345 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

A drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre was opened in Sri Lanka through a partnership between the Certis Lanka Group and Australian mental health and addiction experts the Seasons Hader Group. Together they have launched Seasons Sri Lanka, the co

HNB Assurance PAT grows to Rs. 176 million

Views - 361 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

HNB Assurance Plc (HNBA) and its fully-owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Ltd. (HNBGI) posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 176 million for the second quarter of 2017, reflecting phenomenal growth of 332% compared to the PAT of Rs. 41 millio

Milkha Singh appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Physical Activity in South-East Asia Region

Views - 367 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:59

India’s legendary sportsperson, Milkha Singh, has been appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Physical Activity in South-East Asia Region. “Promoting physical activity for health is an important intervention, which is expected to get

Lankan children with thalassemia treated through unrelated donor BMT

Views - 390 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:49

Matching bone marrow cells sourced from across the world   From left: 15 months old baby girl Nethumi Shenaya Rajapaksha Bomaluwe along with her mother, Dr. Sunil Bhat, Senior Consultant and Head of Paediatric Haematolo

International symposium, exhibition in Nov. to promote traditional and complementary medicine

Views - 259 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:48

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and Department of Ayurveda of the Government of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with University of Sri Jayewardenepura and World Health Organization (WHO) has initiated to provide the world a s

Oasis Hospital Colombo: Resource for healthcare with a conscience

Views - 267 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:44

Restructuring and refurbishing to provide economical and compassionate care has begun at the Oasis under its new management. In the coming months, the entire facility would provide improved standards of service, complemented by a range of affordab

CDEM sets another mark; website launched

Views - 260 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:43

Center for Diabetes Endocrinology and Cardio-metabolism (CDEM) outspread wings further by ceremonially launching its own website on Saturday, 15 July. Being a novel but exclusive centre with essential facilities and leading medical specialists, a

Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai, uses 3D navigational jig to provide new lease of life to Sri L

Views - 330 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:32

The first time a 3D jig was used for a spine surgery in India   Gleneagles Global Hospitals, the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals, a Parkway Pantai enterprise, successfully performed a rare spine surgery on

Durdans set to transform landscape of healthcare in SL

Views - 518 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:36

Unveils re-strategised ‘Vision 2022’ with repositioned brand  Phillips bi-plane machine for interventional radiology in October, first in South Asia Invests Rs.1b on a multi-storied split-level car park, whic

Construction of China-funded outpatient building of National Hospital begins

Views - 537 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:35

The outpatient building project of the National Hospital, symbolising the friendship between China and Sri Lanka, commenced on 8 August.  Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Ambassador of China t

Westminster Healthcare Chennai offers UK standard services to Sri Lankans

Views - 429 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:33

Westminster Healthcare is a new clinically led healthcare hospital that works on the premise that the way you are treated is as important as the treatment itself. It ushers you into a refreshingly luxurious, reassuringly efficient world where high

Philippines has highest HIV infection growth rate in Asia-Pacific: UN

Views - 620 Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:00

Manila (Reuters): The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesda

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

Views - 624 Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:00

  Sri Lanka ranked in the top 23 countries globally on breastfeeding rates, as new analysis shows an investment of $ 4.70 per newborn could generate $ 300 billion in economic gains by 2025 ​No coun

Dr. Ramya de Silva elected to Honorary Fellowship of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Views - 705 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:08

Senior Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Ramya de Silva has been elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children at the institution’s 21st anniversa

‘1990 Suwasariya’ Ambulance Service celebrates first anniversary

Views - 694 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:08

A year has passed since the first ‘1990 Suwasariya’ Ambulance rolled out of Galle Face Green for duty. This service is the brainchild of Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, MP who with the blessings of the President, and the

Could a green sponge hold cancer-fighting secrets?

Views - 637 Monday, 31 July 2017 00:08

AFP: A small green sponge discovered in dark, icy waters of the Pacific off Alaska could be the first effective weapon against pancreatic cancer, researchers said Wednesday. Pancreatic cancer, with particularly aggressive tumours, is notoriously

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Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The other day the President and Prime Minister launched the 2025 vision for Sri Lanka which was incidentally the third policy statement of the Government since coming to power in 2015. My view is that the continuous changes to policy is important and

Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The picture says it all. The ‘Silredi Sirakaruwan Mudaganime Aramudala’ was not demonstration of piety. It was a bold repudiation of the rule of law by a cabal of venerable villains, brazenly insisting that we Sinhala Buddhists submit to a rule b

Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

At the ongoing September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice becaus

Vision 2025: Part 1: Need for moving from a wish list to a concrete plan

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.

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