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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Life & Health

Dealing with Covid-19: Lessons from the experience of Sri Lanka

India’s small southern neighbor has kept its Covid numbers extremely low, and the number of deaths from the disease to only 11. How did Sri Lanka do it? The country’s Director General of Health Services, Dr Anil Jasinghe, explained the areas that Sri Lanka focused on, and the steps that it took

Sri Lankan municipal health workers take a blood sample from a man during screening for COVID- 19 antibodies at a market place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo)
Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, Colombo
Members of Sri Lanka’s St John’s ambulance service carry a can of disinfectants as they spray them in a public school to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo)
A staff official wearing protective mask checks the display items quantity on a shelf at a Keels super market, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Reuters
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Plain packaging will accelerate progress towards ending the tobacco epidemic

Despite the indisputable scientific evidence that tobacco kills, the tobacco industry has been conniving to use every trick possible to protect and increase its profits.

Plain packaging will accelerate progress towards ending the tobacco epidemic
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Public services are essential to COVID-19 response and for fairer and equitable world

The United Nations marked this year's Public Service Day online celebrations by honouring the women and men who are risking their lives and health to deliver essential public services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Public services are essential to COVID-19 response and for fairer and equitable world
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Why are strong public services essential for social, economic and health security for all?

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, more than ever, the overwhelming importance of public services and the devastating consequences of under-funding and privatizing them. That is why the writing on the wall on this year's United Nations Public Services Day is clear: commit to COVID-19 recovery plans that will deliver a new era of public services for all.

Why are strong public services essential for social, economic and health security for all?
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COVID-19 Pandemic: China’s culpability on various counts

The SARS-CoV-2 virus first emerged in Wuhan, capital of the Hubei province of China somewhere in the month of November or early December.

SARS-CoV-2 virus
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Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry

The first traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) were discovered in November, 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since then, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has transformed from a local disease into a global pandemic.

Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry
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Why do Jaffna people shake their legs in sitting position?

Fidgeting like shaking your legs can help you to lose weight- burn 350 cal. A day Sitting for more than six hours greatly increases your risk of a clot forming in your calf veins.

Why do Jaffna people shake their legs in sitting position?
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The way forward after COVID-19: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

The pandemic, COVID-19 does not discriminate between people based on their class, gender, or ethnicity. However, it has inevitably exposed the socio-economic disparities existing in our society.

The way forward after COVID-19: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
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Are the young people left behind in times of COVID-19 pandemic?

Over 60% of the world's youth live in Asia Pacific region, accounting for about 19% of the region's total population.

Are the young people left behind in times of COVID-19 pandemic?
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Connecting the dots: Technology, healthcare, and pandemics like COVID-19

Technology is often seen as a bane that impedes human ability rather than benefit it. We have seen the cost of our advancement in the increasing rates of deforestation, the rise of global warming and the absolute carelessness with which we treat nature. The increase in awareness has led to people becoming more environmentally conscious, yet, understandably, we cannot compromise the development of countries as technology keeps advancing. And in the same way, we cannot cause any more degradation to the environment for the advancement of technology or development. However, in light of recent events, it is perhaps the technology that will help us emerge from the pandemic unscathed to a more considerable extent. The Guardian recently reported that this destruction of the environment is causing pathogens to reduce boundaries between humans and animals.

Connecting the dots: Technology, healthcare, and pandemics like COVID-19
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