Family doctor for every family

Views - 40 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:03

The World Bank Board has approved a Primary healthcare System StrengtheningProject (PSSP) amountingto $200 million for the GoSL. It has three components: (i) PHC system reorganisation and strengthening strategies through the routine health sector pla

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

Views - 17 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:02

PARIS (Reuters): Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017

Harm reduction takes centre stage at Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum

Views - 34 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:02

Disruptive innovation has changed the way we live and work, giving shape to new markets, products and value networks across almost every sphere since the turn of the century. Just like every other sector that has dabbled with disruption, the tobacco

Heart attack tied to edible marijuana is a warning to doctors

Views - 20 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:01

Reuters Health: As medical and recreational marijuana becomes legal in more and more places, experts worry there isn’t enough science on the risks and benefits of the drug, especially for patients with heart disease. In a new case report, doctors d

Durdans Hospital dedicated to managing heart arrhythmia

Views - 27 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Our regular heartbeat is created by electrical impulses occurring at regular intervals in the heart which helps move blood around the body thus fulfilling the primary function of the heart. Arrhythmia occurs when the heart’s electrical system goes

Dialog empowers the speech and hearing impaired with Athuru Mithuru

Views - 32 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has launched ‘Athuru Mithuru’, the country’s first tri-lingual (Sinhala, Tamil and English) Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for those with language, sp

Beta Diabetic Footwear Solutions – ‘Your Feet, Our Concern’

Views - 45 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

According to the World Health Organization an estimated 1.6 million deaths in 2016 were directly caused by diabetes. Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, the disease is a major cause of lower limb amputation. Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (

Mel Medura launches ‘Art Therapy’ to further help people cope with addiction

Views - 34 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 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

The malady of misaligned medical pricing

Views - 40 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

The rapid growth of the world’s population, coupled with constant advancement in biotechnological and biomedical research, has given rise to more people needing access to frequently evolving treatment. With wealth disparity continually widening, th

Ceylinco Life policyholders offered 50% off for radiation treatment at Ceylinco Healthcare Services

Views - 43 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Ceylinco Life has announced that the company’s policyholders are eligible for up to 50% off on the costs of radiation therapy at Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL), a wholly-owned subsidiary that offers the latest advancements in cancer treat

Ruhunu Hospital makes headway completing over 2,000 eye surgeries

Views - 95 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital Ltd., pioneer in the private healthcare sector of the southern region, having successfully completed over 2,000 eye surgeries, recently relaunched its Eye Surgery Unit, now housing the latest technology required to carry out cataract

Ceylinco Life helps 4,400 people see doctors in 2018

Views - 29 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

More than 4,400 Sri Lankans, most of them from rural areas, were provided free access to doctors in 2018 under a corporate social responsibility initiative of Ceylinco Life. Titled ‘Waidya Hamuwa’ (Meet the doctor), the program, in its 15th year

Signia chooses Sri Lanka to launch latest hearing aid in Asia

Views - 76 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

In recognition of Sri Lanka’s outstanding technical advancements in the fields of audiology and hearing care, world-renowned hearing aid manufacturer Signia recently launched its latest innovation for the first time in Asia, at a gala ceremony held

New GScan screening increases success of pregnancy

Views - 181 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Credence Genomics Ltd., Sri Lanka’s pioneer in clinical genomics and only Next Generation Sequencing facility has launched GScan range of diagnostics for infertility related issues. Non Invasive GScan (Non Invasive Pre-natal Testing) and IVF GScan

Sri Lanka Chamber of Medical Devices Industry hosts 4th AGM

Views - 226 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Chamber of Medical Devices Industry (SLCMDI) held its fourth Annual General Meeting, at the Atrium Lobby, Cinnamon Grand in Colombo recently. The monumental event was held under the patronage of State Minister of Health Faizal Cassim wh

More die after surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined: Study

Views - 34 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Around the world 4.2 million people die every year within 30 days after surgery – with half of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a new study reveals. There is also a significant unmet need for surgery in LMICs and

WHO and vaccine group back ‘critical’ cervical cancer shots

Views - 28 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

LONDON: A vaccine given to girls to protect them against a virus that causes cervical cancer is a ‘critical’ health tool and access to it should be scaled up as swiftly as possible, especially in poorer countries, cancer experts said on Monday. F

Balasooriya Hospital receives Platinum Award at ‘Thambapanni Abhimani’ Business Excellence Awards

Views - 38 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Balasooriya Private Hospital one of the leading names amongst the private hospitals in Sri Lanka was the proud winner of a Platinum Award at the ‘Thambapanni Abhimani’ Business Excellence Awards. The award ceremony, organised by the Puttalam Dis

Health systems must provide cancer screening, detection and diagnosis at all levels of care

Views - 78 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Cancer is far from an equal-opportunity killer. In 2018 – 18.1 million new cases developed worldwide, while around 9.6 million people died from the disease. 70% of those deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries, including those of the WHO

Sri Lanka must pursue public-private partnerships to grow primary healthcare

Views - 76 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:40

The Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Healthcare, Government and Infrastructure of KPMG International, Dr. Mark Britnell, was in Sri Lanka last week, where he held discussions with the Minister of Health, and addressed the Sri Lanka Medical Coun

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh appointed Regional Director WHO South-East Asia for 2nd term

Views - 30 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:39

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been appointed Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia, for a second five-year term. The WHO Executive Board on Sunday unanimously endorsed Dr. Khetrapal Singh, who was earlier also unanimously n

Hemas Hospitals wins Silver Award in healthcare category at National Business Excellence Awards 2018

Views - 128 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:37

Hemas Hospitals, the first and only hospital chain in Sri Lanka to have gained the ACHSI (Australian Council on Health Standards) International accreditation won the Silver award to become the runner up in the healthcare category at the prestigious N

Doc990 waives service fee for doctor channelling with #FreeTheFee

Views - 53 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:36

Doc990 operated by Digital Health Ltd, a joint venture between Digital Holdings Lanka Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the waiving of service fees for all doctor channelling

Health Ministry partners Rotary: Cervical cancer free by 2030

Views - 156 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Cervical cancer, being the second highest cancer among females in Sri Lanka cutting across all income levels, will be a key focus area by the Ministry of Health and Rotary in the next 10 years. Through a comprehensive prevention and control program,

Orel IT launches artificial vision technology in Sri Lanka with Wickramarachchi Opticians

Views - 56 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Orel IT, who was adjudged as the most outstanding exporter of the year at the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Awards in 2018, has come up with an innovative and groundbreaking product that will transform the lives of totally and partially blind p

Sri Lanka chosen as 1st country in Asia to launch Signia Styletto RIC hearing aid

Views - 46 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

The new Signia Styletto receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid was introduced recently where Sri Lanka was given the honour of being the first Asian country to launch this product. Organised together with hearing systems Signia (Siemens) from German

Nawaloka collaborates with Green Cross, Korea to establish largest medical lab in Sri Lanka

Views - 48 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Nawaloka Hospitals added a new dimension to Sri Lanka’s private healthcare sector with the opening of the largest and most advanced medical diagnostics laboratory complex in partnership with Korean healthcare giant Green Cross Laboratories (GC Labs

SUROL works to achieve zero discrimination for people affected by leprosy in Sri Lanka

Views - 85 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:06

Every year, World Leprosy Day is observed internationally on the last Sunday in January. The day aims to raise awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. While Sri Lanka eliminated leprosy as a public health problem (defined as l

3D printing is disrupting the way we provide personalised medicine, finds IDTechEx Research

Views - 31 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:04

From its humble beginnings in the late 1980s, through to the global force that it is today, the capabilities of 3D printing technology have expanded dramatically, to establish itself as an attractive manufacturing solution for prototyping and product

New breast cancer gene tests don’t faze women

Views - 33 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:03

Reuters Health: Women with breast cancer who get newer genetic tests to estimate their risk of recurrence may not be any more anxious about their test results than their peers who get older tests that focus on fewer genes, a recent study suggests. Re

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Friday, 26 April 2019

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Terrorism, violence, and incompetent political leadership

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