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Monday June 27th, 2022

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka's priority is making drugs available than affordable - Health Minister

Minister strongly denies claims of acute drug shortage.

June 21, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka lifts mask wearing mandatory rule as Covid-19 pandemic eases 

Sri Lanka had to close down the country many times to prevent Covid-19 spreading

June 9, 2022 1 min read

Sri Lanka President's unused Covid fund to be used for medicines

Only a fraction of ITUKAMA fund has been used so far.

June 3, 2022 1 min read

Bangladesh donates 2.2 mn US dollars' worth of drugs to Sri Lanka

Earlier two consignments of medicine were donated by India and France.

June 1, 2022 1 min read
Sri Lanka drug suppliers say hit by arrears, regulatory morass, forex shortages

Sri Lanka's pharmaceuticals suppliers are hit by payment delays and are also facing regulatory delays

Sri Lanka gifted medicines by France after soft-peg collapse

France has gifted Sri Lanka anesthetics and respiratory medications worth 300,000 Euros

Sri Lanka dengue cases double in first 19 weeks; shortage of chemicals weighs

"We are unable to support the dengue prevention programs that are being implemented by the authorities"

Chanka Jayasinghe
May 20, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka's State Pharmaceutical Corp faces blacklisting - PM

Sri Lanka facing two key drug shortage which are needed for heart patients and anti-rabies vaccine

May 17, 2022 1 min read

Sri Lanka to pay local pharma suppliers at current dollar rate: Minister

Pharma companies who paid in dollars were badly hit after the rupee depreciation

May 6, 2022 1 min read

Sri Lanka to roll out fourth COVID-19 jab from May 09

It will be mandatory for people over 60 years of age and will be optional for people between 20 to 60 years.

May 6, 2022 1 min read

Sri Lanka runs out of anti-dengue chemicals - health ministry

Data show dengue patients on the rise amid health authorities struggle to control dengue mosquito

Chanka Jayasinghe
May 2, 2022 2 min read

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka raises drug prices by 40-pct amid shortage

Already doctors individually and collectively have appealed from donors and Sri Lankan expatriates to send drugs

April 30, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka hikes controlled prices of 61 drugs amid shortages and rupee fall

Wijewantha refused to divulge the recommended rate of increase.

Chanka Jayasinghe
April 25, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka reinforces COVID-19 mask mandate in view of growing public protests

The directive will be effective midnight Thursday, he said.

April 21, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka records zero Covid-19 death since second wave started

The total deaths from the pandemic have recorded 16,485 

April 6, 2022 2 min read

Indian credit line: Sri Lanka's SPC calls tenders from Indian medical suppliers

A private sector source said conditions are worsening for private sector importers.

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 31, 2022 5 min read
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Sri Lanka's economic crisis affects health sector

"It was renewed within the day, and operations are being carried out as usual,” he said.

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 30, 2022 2 min read

Shortages force Sri Lanka hospital to halt routine surgeries; India offers help

Jaishankar is currently in Sri Lanka on an official visit.

March 29, 2022 2 min read

More Sri Lankans than ever seeking psychotherapy in pandemic times

Psychologists say that the mental side effects of the initial lockdowns seem to be manifesting only now.

Dulya de Silva and Neshella Perera
March 28, 2022 4 min read

Health officials urge Sri Lankans to get COVID-19 booster as expiration dates draws nearer

"It is important that people take the vaccine without any delay to safeguard themselves and others," said Ginige.

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 26, 2022 3 min read

Petrol burn deaths increase in forex-starved Sri Lanka as households store fuel in cans

Munasinghe said petrol burns are more severe than kerosene burns.

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 25, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka state health workers threaten more strikes if demands go ignored

"Lack of sensitivity of the Public Service Commission to health care issues is a major factor in health struggles."

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 22, 2022 2 min read

Sri Lanka monitoring COVID-19 situation in China, no cause for alarm yet: health ministry

"We are always on alert about the global situation and the epidemiology unit will take adequate measures."

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 21, 2022 4 min read

Rapid drop in COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka, but officials caution against complacency

"No one should think that due to this decrease, the pandemic is now over," he said.

March 15, 2022 3 min read

Govt health workers in Sri Lanka go on strike in Western, Eastern provinces

Health workers also demand that the government name the health profession a closed service

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 14, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka health official defends debunked COVID-19 cremation mandate

 "Due to not having a clear idea about how the virus works, the health authorities had to take certain measures."

Chanka Jayasinghe
March 8, 2022 3 min read
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