1990 Emergency Ambulance Service now available island-wide under Indian grant assistance

Views - 34 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The Emergency Ambulance Service was launched in the Eastern Province in a special ceremony held on 23 June in Ampara. Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment Daya Gamage, Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha

Identification of protective antibodies may be key to effective malaria vaccine

Views - 32 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

An Oxford-led study has identified the antibodies that may hold the key to creating the first effective vaccine against malaria infection in the blood. Researchers from the University of Oxford, along with partners from five institutions around the

Scientists develop new laser that can find and destroy cancer cells in blood

Views - 28 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00 Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood. And now, researchers have developed a new kind of laser that can find and zap those tumour cells from the outside of the skin. Though it may still be a ways away f

Complementary therapies in Sri Lanka

Views - 151 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Dr. Francois Tessier, Ph.D., is a French-Canadian citizen from Montreal, Canada, in the French speaking Province of Quebec that is applying to the RGS Visa in Sri Lanka. For over 30 years, Dr. Francois was pursuing a successful career in television

Discounted medical treatment for clergy and Daham Pasal teachers for first time

Views - 36 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

In making a better society, Pannipitiya Private Hospital has introduced the Damsaranee card. When this card is presented to the hospital by the clergy and Daham Pasal teachers, they could avail themselves of special discounts for medical treatment an

Care at Durdans Hospital for health conditions caused by tobacco use

Views - 34 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Currently in Sri Lanka, 2.1 million people smoke and 12,351 people die annually from smoking which is about 10% of all deaths. Cardiovascular diseases are the most common way of death from tobacco (53%) especially in young (most people start smoking

Lanka Hospitals’ Sunday OPD now offers multiple benefits

Views - 41 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals, the internationally accredited award-winning healthcare provider, introduced an extended Sunday OPD service with multiple benefits on Sundays. The program which runs under the theme ‘Your Sunday is our Monday’, offers a range of

Hemas Hospital Wattala helps open new day-care centre at Colombo North Teaching Hospital

Views - 45 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Premier healthcare provider Hemas Hospital Wattala, as part of its enduring policy of aiding and empowering its many stakeholders, recently facilitated the opening of a preschool and day-care centre at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital (CNTH) in Ra

24/7 access to free doctor consultations from oDoc for AIA policyholders

Views - 169 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

AIA Insurance Lanka, the leader in pensions, life and health insurance, has partnered, Sri Lanka’s leading telemedicine provider, oDoc, to deliver unlimited doctor consultations to AIA policyholders and their family members. A first in the insuranc

Ninewells Hospital and Maldives’ Aasandha Company initiate health insurance agreement

Views - 44 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

A team from the Maldivian health insurance company, Aasandha, visited the Ninewells Hospital to tour the facility and initiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the hospital in order to provide health insurance services to the Maldivian commun rewards winners of Back 2 Colombo step challenge

Views - 42 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Continuing its mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle, leading Sri Lankan smartphone health and wellness app presented the winners of its latest digital fitness initiative, the Back 2 Colombo step challenge, with a collection of exciting

Playing with fire: How smoking is burning a hole in your health

Views - 147 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

With the arrival of World Tobacco Day, once again the spotlight will fall on the harmful habit of smoking and its multiple associated health risks. Every ailment from pneumonia to cancer has been attributed to smoking. However, despite these consider

‘Life Healing Centre’ at Katuwapitiya to offer psychosocial support for 4/21 victims

Views - 67 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

The ‘Life Healing Centre’, led by a team of certified professionals to provide psychosocial support to those affected by the tragic incidents of 21 April was set up in Katuwapitiya, Negombo on 18 May, by the ‘Rally to Care’ initiative, a char

“Drone delivery could transform healthcare”

Views - 246 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

While Sri Lanka healthcare is renowned to be one of the best in the region, the recent Easter Sunday attacks highlighted a major gap in need of urgent attention – emergency delivery of lifesaving medicine to people in dire need of help. The unprece

Breakthrough TAVI procedure for bicuspid valve at Durdans Heart Centre

Views - 53 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

Durdans Heart Centre recently concluded a breakthrough minimally-invasive Transcatheter Arterial Valve Implantation (TAVI) on a patient with bicuspid valve. Bicuspid valves, a birth anomaly (two leaflets instead of the normal three), quickly leads to

Ceylinco Life launches ‘Health Support Plus’ offering reimbursement of up to Rs. 50 m

Views - 55 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

A new medical insurance scheme that will reimburse up to Rs. 50 million in hospital bills has been launched by Ceylinco Life in response to the rapidly escalating costs of hospitalisation in Sri Lanka. Branded ‘Health Support Plus’ (HSP), the new

Ceylinco Healthcare Centre’s medical physicist receives training in Switzerland

Views - 35 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL) recently sent Jayantha Gunaratne, a medical physicist at its Radiation Treatment Centre, for a training program in Switzerland, arranged by Varian Medical Systems International AG, a global leader in radiation

Healthy Life Clinic looks to facilitate psychological recovery in aftermath of Easter attacks

Views - 34 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

A few weeks after the deadly terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, life is still a long way from returning to normal. Living in the digital age, social media and messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp will not let us move on. With constant

Novartis $ 2 million gene therapy for rare disorder is world’s most expensive drug

Views - 43 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

ZURICH/NEW YORK, (Reuters): Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Friday won US approval for its gene therapy Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of death in infants, and priced the one-time treatment at a record $ 2.125 mill

Culture transformation of traditional healthcare wins MyDoctor e-commerce brand recognition

Views - 50 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

MyDoctor, Sri Lanka’s premier holistic digital healthcare platform was proud to be recognised among the top 20 e-commerce platforms in Sri Lanka in 2019. The assessment was carried out by Brand Finance, a leading independent brand valuation company

Commonwealth, EU ministerial event on digital health

Views - 26 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) held a successful ministerial event in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 May. The session took place the day after the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Me

Ruhunu Hospital Diagnostics bestowed with globally-acclaimed ISO 15189 accreditation

Views - 60 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital Diagnostics (RHD) achieved yet another milestone by becoming the only private healthcare provider in the Southern Province when RHD was bestowed with the globally acclaimed ISO 15189 Medical Laboratory accreditation by the Sri Lanka A

Lanka Hospitals introduces first one-stop Urology Care Centre in Sri Lanka

Views - 52 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals, the internationally accredited multi award-winning private healthcare provider launched the first full-fledged, one-stop Urology Care Centre in Sri Lanka for all urology-related needs. The Urology Care Centre is designed for the trea

Hemas Hospitals takes legal action against fake news

Views - 165 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Hemas Hospitals, one of Sri Lanka’s leading hospital chains for the past decade, has again been victimised as a result of fake news being circulated among the public. Over the past few years, certain individuals with disruptive intentions have circ

Foraging through fresh frontiers of pharmaceutical innovation

Views - 35 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

By the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry For centuries, human beings have waged a relentless battle against a litany of diseases that have ravaged countless generations. From early influenza epidemics that decimated towns and villages to d

Get back to quality sleep with Sleep Diagnostic Services at Durdans Hospital

Views - 28 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Sleep is essential for the optimal functioning of our bodies. Poor sleep can affect physical and mental performance and even cause mood alterations. If one experiences excessive day time sleepiness, constant snoring, and tiredness even after eight ho

Christell Skin Clinic first skincare provider in Sri Lanka to acquire ISO 9001 certification

Views - 49 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Christell Skin Clinic has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification by the SGS certification body. In true testament to its motto – ‘Bring out the best in you!’ the leading skincare provider has become the first such centre in th

Sisili specialised medical services opens first EECP Treatment Centre in Colombo

Views - 327 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Sisili, a leader in the medical field, has now launched the HeartAid Centre, the first non-invasive treatment and outpatient management of cardiovascular diseases under the auspicious of Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajit

Lilly’s new migraine drug pulls ahead of Amgen in fierce battle for new prescriptions

Views - 50 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:14

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters): Eli Lilly and Co. has pulled ahead in a three-way race with Amgen Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in attracting new patients to a new class of migraine drugs, and seeks to build on that advantage by stressing that

Vision Care partners with Bangladesh Eye Hospital to expand into international markets

Views - 70 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:14

Vision Care, the Sri Lankan market leader in eye care solutions with 26 years of trusted excellence, expanded their network to international markets by partnering with Bangladesh Eye Hospital, Bangladesh’s best and most trusted eye care hospital. T

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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....

Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.

Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Friday, 16 August 2019

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La

Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Friday, 16 August 2019

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w

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