Bangladeshi obstetricians and gynaecologists visit Ninewells Hospital on study tour

Views - 19 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Ninewells Hospital recently hosted a contingent of 10 gynaecologists and obstetricians from Bangladesh who were in Sri Lanka to study the country’s region-leading maternal and baby health care system.

Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda marks 5 years of success

Views - 19 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Marking five years of exceptional healthcare services, Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda, part of the leading multi-chain of Hemas Hospitals celebrated the milestone anniversary with a series of events themed ‘Pranamaya’ to pay tribute to the many st

Seylan partners with Browns Hospitals to reward newborn babies with Tikiri gifts

Views - 140 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Seylan Tikiri joined hands with Browns Hospitals to further enhance its value proposition by offering every new born baby with a Tikiri voucher worth Rs. 1,000. The parent or guardian can utilise the voucher to open a Tikiri Account at any of the Se

Take precautions against the spread of common respiratory infections

Views - 12 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Upper respiratory tract infections are common these days as we see many cases ranging from common colds, influenza, asthma or even bronchitis/pneumonia. However, the symptoms can be uncomfortable and affect daily routine. It can especially be difficu

Balasooriya Hospital receives Gold at CNCI Achievers Awards 2018

Views - 12 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Balasooriya Private Hospital Chairman Priyanthalal Balasooriya received the Gold Award in National Level, Large Category, Service Sector at the CNCI Achievers Awards 2018 organised by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) of Sri Lanka. Bal

eChannelling marks history with digital services at district hospitals in Sri Lanka

Views - 11 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

For the first time in history eChannelling PLC launched its service at Ampara General Hospital, marking it as the first district hospital in Sri Lanka to have the service. eChannelling PLC, the largest doctor channelling network in Sri Lanka, along

WIM-IFC awards New Philip Hospital Chairperson/MD Indrani Fernando ‘Business Role Model Gold’

Views - 22 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Women in Management (WIM)in partnership with theInternational Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, has recognised and awardedthe “Business Role Model Gold” award to Indrani Fernando, Chairperson and Managing Director of Ne

Nawaloka-GEM Weight Management, Bariatric and Liver Surgery Centre opens

Views - 49 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Nawaloka Hospitals in association with GEM Hospital, Coimbatore India unveiled the Nawaloka-GEM Weight Management, Bariatric and Liver Surgery Centre on 20 August. The newly-formed centre introduces a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss for the

SLCPI calls for transparent pricing mechanism on pharmaceuticals

Views - 21 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) is urging the Ministry of Health to establish a fair and transparent pricing mechanism which factors the impact of US dollar appreciation against the rupee, similar to the pricing formulae appl

Leading life science company Eppendorf appoints Avon Pharmo Chem Sri Lankan distributor

Views - 38 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

The Eppendorf (, the leader in life science laboratory supplies in the world, has appointed Avon Pharmo Chem Ltd. ( the distributor for their product range to the Sri Lankan science community.

Credence Genomics launches IVF GScan

Views - 221 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Credence Genomics Ltd, Sri Lanka’s first and only next generation sequencing facility, launched IVF GScan – pre-implantation genetic screening for in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

ODEL Fitness Week looks to make staying fit fashionable

Views - 56 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Today we feature an interview with Softlogic Plc Group Director Marketing Desiree Karunaratne, who speaks on ODEL’s ongoing Fitness Week.

Long-acting injection a shot in the arm for GSK’s HIV business

Views - 9 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Reuters: A long-acting injection developed by GlaxoSmithKline and given once a month has proved as effective as standard daily pills for controlling the AIDS virus, lifting prospects for the British drugmaker’s key HIV business. GSK’s majority-ow

Ministry of Health to recruit 1300 Family Health Officers

Views - 15 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Ministry of Health has decided to expeditiously recruit 1,300 Family Health Service Officers (Midwives) to end the dearth of family health officers. The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has taken this decisi

Sirimal Fernando heads Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association

Views - 20 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (SLPMA) held its 53rd Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Colombo Residences, Colombo 2 recently under the caption ‘Medicines manufactured by Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka, for Sri Lankans and t

TAVI: A mere 1-cm cut that saves lives

Views - 36 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi In the treatment of patients with heart failure, the only way the heart valve could be replaced in the past was through open-heart surgery. In recent years, new procedures have been developed to either repair the heart valve or

Lanka Hospitals App presents world class healthcare at your fingertips

Views - 48 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Lanka Hospitals PLC, the internationally accredited and multi-award winning healthcare provider in the forefront of Sri Lanka’s medical sector, offers a feature-rich and user-friendly app via Apple Play Store and Android App on Google Play for the

Mel Medura opens its doors to digital and other behavioural addictions

Views - 78 Thursday, 9 August 2018 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

Hemas Southern Hospital Laboratory becomes only ISO 15189:2012 accredited lab in Southern Province

Views - 15 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Illustrating the high standards that the Hemas hospitals multi-chain is renowned for, Hemas Southern Hospital Laboratory

Central hospital BMT unit celebrates four years of success

Views - 14 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

The Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit of Asiri Central Hospital, celebrating four years with more than 20 successful transplants

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

Views - 8 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher

Death to Dengue campaign wipes off mosquito breeding areas in Colombo

Views - 19 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

The second edition of the Death to Dengue campaign which was launched on Saturday, 28 July with the aim of ending the dengue viral disease island wide concluded successfully.

AstraZeneca’s key lung cancer drug wins European panel thumbs-up

Views - 13 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Reuters: AstraZeneca’s cancer drug Imfinzi has won a key recommendation from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel less than six months after the first global approvals in Western markets. EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (C

Doc990 partners 99RetailStreet to make channelling more accessible

Views - 78 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Doc990, Sri Lanka’s pioneering digital health portal, has partnered with 99RetailStreet to allow customers to make doctor’s appointments via Doc990 at all 99RetailStreet-enabled pharmacies in the country. 99RetailStreet kiosks are currently locat

GSK to shut Bangladesh drug-making factory by 2018

Views - 30 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

DHAKA (Reuters): GlaxoSmithKline will shut its drug manufacturing operations in Bangladesh by the end of this year and will continue with its healthcare business, the managing director of its local businesses said on Friday. Globally, GSK’s pharmac

‘Sri Lanka dengue free by 2020’: Rotary partner Ministry of Health

Views - 159 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Rotary Sri Lanka which partnered the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) – Ministry of Health to ensure the country was free from polio some years back and then post the tsunami, invested Rs. 1.2 billion to ensure that 12,500 children went back to schoo

Baraka supports continuous medical education

Views - 20 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Leading herbal healthcare brand Baraka, in its quest to improve the quality of human life, held a pharmacy education program enhancing the knowledge of pharmacy personnel of the Kurunegala and suburban pharmacies and Ayurveda outlets. The program fo

Urgent action is needed to find, test and treat the missing millions suffering viral hepatitis

Views - 10 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Millions of people across the world and in the WHO South-East Asia Region are infected with viral hepatitis without knowing and without receiving treatment. Both worldwide and in the region less than one in 10 infected people are estimated to know th

Easy to treat patients but difficult to care for individuals: SLMA President

Views - 13 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Following is the speech delivered by Sri Lanka Medical Association President Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa at the inauguration of the 131st Anniversary International Medical Congress last week at the Grand Ballroom, Galadari Hotel, Colombo: I consider it an hon

Minimally invasive treatment for cancer with Microwave Ablation at Durdans Hospital

Views - 25 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka the risk of developing any of the leading cancers in one’s lifetime, for both males and females, is one out of 40. While different types of treatment are available they can diminish the quality of life for the patient. Along with the e

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Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B

Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U

Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines

Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel

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