Creation of Dengue Free Zones is the permanent solution needed

Views - 797 Friday, 28 July 2017 00:00

By Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam It was heartening hear that the health authorities are now focusing on creating Dengue Free Zones (DFZ) in the country as a preventive measure to curb the spread of this dreaded disease.  I have been for a long

Golden Key Hospital celebrates 10 years of eye and ENT care

Views - 744 Friday, 28 July 2017 00:00

  Announces 10% discount on all eye and ENT investigations in August to commemorate milestone anniversary The Golden Key Hospital celebrates its 10th anniversary in August, marking a decade in which it performed more th

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes early test

Views - 712 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

AFP: The three-decade-old quest for an AIDS vaccine received a shot of hope Monday when developers announced that a prototype triggered the immune system in an early phase of human trials. Tested in 393 people in the United States, Rwanda, Ugand

Red Cross scales up dengue prevention, mitigation and awareness

Views - 683 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

  Death toll surpasses 300, with over 105,000 people affected  As the number of dengue cases tops 105,000 in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with support from the International Federation of Red Cro

Tobacco industry blocking anti-smoking moves: WHO

Views - 727 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

  WHO report takes aim at tobacco companies Calls for fighting industry’s “intimidating practices” Tobacco kills more than 7 million a year, 1 in 10 deaths  Geneva (Reu

‘English Nursing Care Services’: Superior care in one’s own home

Views - 767 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi Bringing the quality of home nursing services to a new level through the incorporation of expertise from the UK, ‘English Nursing Care Services’ was launched in Colombo last week.  A subsidiary company f

Seven Seas Nutri-Trio: Unique blend of natural oats and fibersol helps reduce weight, manage choles

Views - 1074 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:02

Soluble fibre has always been seen as a great natural choice that lowers blood glucose levels, reduces cholesterol and prevents obesity. Although soluble fibre is found typically in legumes and vegetables, Oat Bran, which contains Beta Glucan, is

Less stress might mean lower blood sugar for overweight women

Views - 789 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

Reuters Health: An eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program not only reduces stress, but could also lower blood sugar, US researchers say. “Our study suggests that MBSR could be a useful tool for preventing or treating

Dengue and homoeoprophylaxis

Views - 786 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

By Dr. Mass R. Usuf  Homoeopathic intervention acts as an excellent preventive (prophylaxis) against the menace of dengue and even as an effective option for treatment. Homoeopathy has had much success over the centuries in containing epide

Can a new lozenge help people quit smoking?

Views - 791 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

Reuters Health: A new lozenge containing the amino acid L-cysteine is an effective, nontoxic smoking-cessation product, according to researchers in Finland. At least two US experts are not convinced, however. The study was conducted by Dr. Kar

World’s first child hand transplant a ‘success’

Views - 811 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

AFP: The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months. The report in The Lancet Child & Ado

Faiszer warns of legal action against heads of institutions with dengue mosquito breeding sites

Views - 726 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

Under the program ‘A workplace free of garbage,’ the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government initiated a special program to check all Government and private institutions for dengue breeding sites. This program was started

Fortify, scale-up life-saving tobacco control measures across South-East Asia Region

Views - 1439 Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

More people than ever before are covered by life-saving tobacco control policies, including in the South-East Asia Region. That’s one of the findings of a new WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, which documents how 63% of the world&rs

Eliminating dengue: What does it take?

Views - 927 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:15

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi ​Dengue has gone beyond control with an exponential rise of cases and no sign of decline. Many attempts have been made to bring the situation under control but with the dengue cases and mortality rates continuing t

Lanka Hospitals surpasses 1,000 IVF births

Views - 691 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:12

The internationally-accredited, multi-award-winning Lanka Hospitals Colombo announces the successful delivery of 1,000 IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation – commonly known as test-tube) babies.  Proven to be one of the most sophisticated faci

Dengue kills 21 in Kerala, crisis looms

Views - 385 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:11

Thiruvananthapuram, India (Reuters): A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in the touris

NFTH donated to Govt. and people of Sri Lanka; Dr. Neville Fernando to settle all loans

Views - 406 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:10

Contrary to the statements issued by parties with vested interests, the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) in a statement said the facility valued at Rs. 3.55 billion was ceremonially handed over to the Government to augment the free he

Secretary to the President holds meeting on dengue prevention

Views - 346 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:08

Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando, held a special meeting with the Operations Committee on Dengue Prevention yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat. Heads of the institutions of the health sector joined this meeting. As 30% of den

India raises tax on cigarettes

Views - 329 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:02

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India has raised the total tax on cigarettes resulting in an increase of as much as 792 rupees ($12.31) for every 1,000 cigarettes, adding about 50 billion rupees ($777 million) in revenues for the government, finance minister

Program to enhance health of pregnant women, under President’s patronage

Views - 409 Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:06

A special program to deliver nutrition packs and dry rations among pregnant women was held Sunday (16 July) at the President’s House in Kandy, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The program was organised by the Central Pr

BASF unveils new mosquito net in battle against malaria

Views - 321 Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:06

FRANKFURT (Reuters): A new mosquito net made by German chemicals company BASF has been given an interim recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO), containing a new class of insecticide that the company hopes will aid the fight against

Golden Key Hospital acquires Zeiss AngioPlex OCT Angiography capability

Views - 311 Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:02

The Golden Key Hospital has taken a major step forward in retinal disease management with the acquisition of new equipment that enhances the capability of its Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) facilities. The hospital said it has upgraded its C

Govt. recognises role of overseas medical professionals in assisting flood victims

Views - 296 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:11

Seventeen medical professionals of Sri Lankan origin who are members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Norway, the United States, France, Bahrain and Germany worked in partnership with the Sarvodaya Shrama

Ayurveda week celebrated in Sri Lanka

Views - 306 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:11

India-Sri Lanka cooperate to fight kidney disease through Ayurveda ​Two eminent Ayurveda experts were in Sri Lanka to conduct workshops and seminars at different Ayurveda Institutes of Sri Lanka from 10 to 15 July. 

Kandy receives boost in quality medical laboratory service

Views - 303 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:11

Lanka Hospital Diagnostics launches state-of-the-art medical laboratory with supreme quality With astounding success and highest quality of their medical laboratory services in Colombo and suburbs, Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) recentl

Pharma Chamber supports the MOH effort

Views - 293 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:11

Palitha Jayatileka from the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry hands over dengue awareness posters and leaflets to Health Services Director General Dr. Jayasundara Bandara to be used in the MOH Dengue awareness campaign. National Hea

Yuji Murata Endowment Award 2015-2016 awarded to Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake

Views - 325 Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

The Yuji Murata Endowment Award for 2015-2016 awarded by the Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was awarded to Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake for the research work carried out by his team and reported in the paper titled ‘T

Mobile payment for pregnant mothers nutrition program

Views - 205 Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

The National Nutrition Program for pregnant mothers is one of the welfare programs conducted by the Government. The program has been implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs with the objective of uplifting the wellbeing of both the c

Nawaloka Hospitals to revamp its ENT Unit to become the best in Sri Lanka

Views - 219 Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

In a bid to provide prolific healthcare solutions for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) related ailments, Sri Lanka’s pioneer and premier healthcare service provider Nawaloka Hospitals PLC in a release to media announced that it has taken further s

The great dengue mess-up

Views - 362 Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

By Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam It is pathetic to hear that health authorities are preventing the general public from knowing the numbers of hospitalisations and deaths due to dengue at a time when the Right To Information Bill has been passed by the

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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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