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Minister of Health, has requested all cardiologists to use the stents imported by the Ministry to perform surgeries on cardiac patients.

Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, has requested all cardiologists to use the stents imported by the Ministry of Health to perform surgeries on cardiac patients. These stents will be provided to the patients free of charge. The Minister said that the stents should not be misused.

This was said at a meeting held at the Ministry, with the participation of consultant cardiologists from National Hospital, Colombo and Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Borella. A The Minister instructed to issue a special circular to curb any misuse of stents, to hospitals which perform cardiac surgeries. It was also decided to perform an evaluation with regard to surgeries performed using free stents.  500 stents were received by the Medical Supplies Division in the first phase and the stents were procured with the recommendations of the consultant cardiologists.

The cost of each stent is rupees 75,000 and the Ministry of health has expended over 37 million rupees for this purpose. These have already been dispatched to hospitals. The Medical Supplies Division is expecting a further stock of stents to satisfy the demand for 3 months.  The Minister further stated that, the required a stock of stents for 2017 have already been ordered through the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

The national ceremony to commemorate world kidney day will be held in Matale today.

The national function to commemorate world kidney day will be marked today. The main event will be held at the Naamini-oya central college in Matale under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at 2.00 pm today. World Kidney Day is celebrated worldwide in order to realize awareness of the amazing Kidney, highlight that diabetics, high blood pressure are key factors for Chronic Kidney Disease systems of screening all patients, encourages preventive behaviors, Educating medial and professionals, and activism in these directions with the activist’s public and media. A series of programs will be carried out to educate the general public and the school children on Kidney diseases.

The new unit built for the Wilgamuwa hospital to treat kidney patients will be declared open by the president today as well. President Sirisena has paid more attention on minimizing spread of kidney disease in the country. The presidential task force appointed in this regard has carried out a complete array of programs to prevent kidney diseases in the country.

Priority road lane law comes into effect.

Priority lane pilot project, which functions dual lanes as priority lanes for passenger buses was initiated at Rajagiriya today. The project which was introduced as a long term solution for the heavy traffic congestion in Colombo will be conduct as a trial version for a period of one week and will be concluded on March 19. As the first steps the dual lanes between Rajagiriya junction to the Ayurvedic Junction and the road from the Ayurvedic Junction to the Rajagiriya junction would function as Priority lanes.

 While developing the transport services the country should work on more practical and less cost effective practices. The recent census shows between 150-180 buses move towards Colombo Fort from Battaramulla during the rush hours from 7am - 9am and at 4.30pm.

More than 190,000 telephone calls received by the Suwa Seriya ambulance service during last 8 months.

More than 190,000 telephone calls received by the Suwa Seriya ambulance service during last 8 months. The program is implemented in the western and southern provinces. According to the manager of the Ambulance services of Suwaseriya program say around 750 telephone calls received by the center daily.

The Indian government has supported for the project. The Ambulance services also equipped with facilities to rescue the people who meet accidents as well. The general public can connect to the ambulance service dialing 1990. It is operated around the clock and service is given free of charge. 88 ambulances have been deployed in the western and southern provinces.

The President made an inspection tour to the proposed kidney hospital site in Polonnaruwa.

President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour to the proposed kidney hospital site in Polonnaruwa today. This hospital project, which is funded by China, is located close to the Polonnaruwa General Hospital premises. The China pledged to construct this hospital in response to an appeal made by President Sirisena when he met Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2015. The construction work of the 500 bed hospital will begin in June this year. 

A cabinet paper will be submitted next week to ban selling of single cigarette in the market.

The Ministry of Health has implemented a program to setup fitness centers to prevent non-communicable diseases. The two centers constructed at the Payagala and Maggona public grounds were declared open by Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne yesterday. Each center has been provided with fitness gear worth 20 million rupees.

At the opening ceremony the minister said 70 percent of the deaths occurred in Hospitals due to non-communicable dieses. Smoking, alcohol and excessive use of salt, sugar and fatty foods are the major causes for such diseases. Therefore, the government is on firm stance to discourage sale of tobacco products. Accordingly, a cabinet paper will be submitted next week to ban selling of single cigarette in the market. Cigarettes can only be sold as packets. 

Development of the Kirulapone to Kottawa segment of the High Level Road is to be completed by 2019.

Renovations of the Kirulapone to Kottawa segment of the High Level Road are to be completed by 2019. Project Director W.K Kodithuwakku says Asian Development Bank has granted financial assistance for the 4 staged project. A sum of 3,300 billion rupees will be spent on the entire project.

The Kesbewa to Pokunuvita segment of the Colombo – Horana main road also included in this project. Acquisition of lands are being carried out at present. However, some groups have expressed their objection to remove a bo tree that blocks the high level road in Pannipitiya area. The government will have to acquire the lands of the roadside residence if the bo tree is to be spared. A huge sum of extra money is needed for compensations as well. The relevant authorities are now in talks with Mahanayaka theras and the public to remove the bo tree. 

Water levels of major reservoirs are increasing due to rainy weather.

Ministry of Power and Energy says water levels of major reservoirs are increasing due to rainy weather. Media spokesman of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardena says that the reservoirs are full upto 34 percent of the entire capacity. It is expected to increase in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Water Resources Board Alahur Ansar says as the catchment areas of major reservoirs are receiving adequate rain the drinking water problem can be solved in the coming weeks. However some areas in the Anuradhapura, Badulla, Hambantota, Moneragala and Gampaha are supplied with drinking water from bowzers.

Today is the Medin Full Moon Poya Day

Today is Medin Full Moon Poya Day. This Poya Day is important in the Buddhist calendar as it is on a day as this that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, after leaving the Royal Palace, visited the city of Kimbulwathpura for the first time as the “Samma Sambuddha”. It was on a day like today that the Buddha, along with a retinue of 20,000 disciples, trecked from Veluwanaaramaya, to Kimbulwathpura, to meet his father King Suddhodana, relatives and friends of the Sakya clan. Princess Yasodara, Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, and the ordination of her son Rahula and Prince Nanda were some of the important events that took place on this day.

Religious ceremonies and sil campaigns have been organized in Buddhist temples and centers islandwide. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation bring a live broadcast of the religious ceremonies at the Abhinawarama temple in Kuruwita.

The Premier says new laws will be enforced to drive the country forward.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says new laws will be enforced to drive the country forward. The government’s aim is to obtain foreign investments of 5 billion US dollars annually. The government will be able to achieve the target by 2020. He made these remarks while addressing the 18th anniversary of the Youth Entrepreneur Board. The Premier said added that youth a part of development drive. Prime Minister says that the youth of the country will be made partners of the ongoing development drive.

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