Sirimal Fernando heads Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association

Views - 29 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 - 40 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 - 57 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 - 103 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 - 18 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 - 17 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 - 9 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 - 25 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 - 15 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 - 95 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 - 33 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 - 167 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 - 29 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 - 12 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 - 15 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 - 29 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

Access Healthcare empowers Sri Lankan healthcare systems

Views - 51 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka has over the years built high-quality primary healthcare systems, which has been recognised and praised by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, at a recently concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

Vision Care partners Essilor sponsors French Bastille Day in Sri Lanka

Views - 19 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Vision Care sponsored the eagerly anticipated French Spring Festival 2018 celebrations to mark Bastille Day this year from 14 June to 14 July in Colombo. The event was sponsored by Vision Care as Official Eyewear Partner in partnership with French co wins at 2018 competition

Views - 18 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Organised by the ‘.lk’ domain registry, was held for the eighth consecutive year, with its goal to recognise the excellence among Sri Lankan websites within the ‘.lk’ domain.

Nawaloka Green Cross Laboratories enters Matara district

Views - 30 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Responding to a timely requirement in the area, Nawaloka Green Cross Laboratories, a subsidiary of Nawaloka Hospitals PLC entered Matara district with the establishment of a state-of-the-art laboratory.

ACCA highlights cost management as private sector healthcare’s biggest challenge

Views - 110 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena While focusing on healthcare sectors opportunities and challenges, the Association of Chartered Certifies Accountants (ACCA) highlighted cost management as the industry’s biggest conundrum at a breakfast meeting held in Colom

Prince Harry, Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men

Views - 11 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain’s Prince Harry and music star Elton John are joining forces to launch a “global coalition” focused on treating HIV infections in men, the singer’s AIDS charity said last week. The Elton John AIDS Foundation did not g

Ruhunu Hospital introduces IVF treatment

Views - 34 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital Ltd., the leading Southern Province private healthcare provider, introduces ‘In Vitro Fertilization’ (IVF) which is the latest form of assisted reproductive technology available, at an affordable cost with state of the art facilit

Colombo National Hospital first to install Masimo Root with SedLine Brain Function Monitoring device

Views - 26 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

Medical professionals in the country can now receive in-depth information regarding the brain functionality of patients under sedation. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital is the first to have installed and operated the

Dengue early detection kit ‘CareStart’ hits market

Views - 418 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

By Ruwandi Gamage A qualitative rapid diagnostic kit designed for early diagnosis to help lower the risk of mortality and medical complications for dengue was introduced to the market. This FDA-approved dengue combo kit will retail at a price of Rs.

Finance Ministry gets Budget proposals focused on Early Childhood Development

Views - 32 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena Several Government ministries together with UNICEF joined hands to present three Budget proposals focused on Early Childhood Development (ECD) to Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera yesterday. Samaraweera sai

UNFPA urges accurate sexuality education for youth

Views - 67 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) last week highlighted the need for accurate sexual education as a priority for youth in Sri Lanka at the fifth Generation-to-Generation dialogue held at the BMICH.

Host of new measures to improve government health service

Views - 20 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

The Government plans to introduce an E-health card, an electronic card containing all the health-related information

AIA’s ‘Healthiest Workplace Survey’ in Sri Lanka for the first time

Views - 28 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

AIA Insurance announced the launch of Sri Lanka’s Healthiest Workplace Survey (HWS) at the Great Place to Work conference yesterday.

JICA extends support to SL health and medical services

Views - 41 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic

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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th

The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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