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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Life & Health

Regulations to maintain normalcy in civilian life during curfew period

The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will remain in force till 5.00am on Monday, May 04th.

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Private hospitals to get involved in PCR testing

The Health Ministry intends to hike the number of PCR tests carried out to over 1000 tests per day from the current 800. Accordingly, the government has decided to use the facilities available in private hospitals to expand the PCR testing as the number of patients reported daily had increased.

Private hospitals to get involved in PCR testing
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COVID-19 makes the bag of woes heavier for marginalized populations

Agenda 2030 is a commitment by all countries to achieve sustainable development by 2030 for all, ensuring that no one is left behind, including marginalised communities like LGBT and sex workers. However, the stark reality is that, even in normal times, these vulnerable communities in Asia and the Pacific, often suffer a host of inequities and discriminatory laws.

COVID-19 makes the bag of woes heavier for marginalized populations
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Will Indonesia mitigate COVID-19 by enforcing stronger tobacco control and ratifying the global tobacco treaty?

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has been sent an appeal to urgently strengthen the response to corona virus disease (COVID-19) in the country, by stronger enforcement of comprehensive and evidence-based tobacco control measures, which includes immediate ratification of the global tobacco treaty (World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). Studies in various countries globally show that people with pre-existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are more likely to become severely ill or die from COVID-19. Tobacco use is a common major risk factor of most NCDs.

Will Indonesia mitigate COVID-19 by enforcing stronger tobacco control and ratifying the global tobacco treaty?
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Sri Lanka government was much concerned about the health of the people

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that even in developed countries such as the United States, the main focus of them was economy and not the health of the people. But the Sri Lanka government took a firm decision to focus on the health and wellbeing of the people first, and then on rebuilding of the economy. "Had the government not taken this decision, there would have been many citizens who would have died on the streets due to COVID 19", she said.

Sri Lanka government was much concerned about the health of the people
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Who is killing more, COVID 19 or Tobacco industry?

The Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by appealing him to ban sale of cigarettes in Sri Lanka during this critical situation in which people are affected with COVID 19 virus.

 Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa - Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol
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Quarantined In A Military Camp In Sri Lanka

When Nimala and I left London on the evening of 15 March 2020, we never thought that on arrival in Colombo, the Government of Sri Lanka would give us a free pleasant holiday in the Vanni.

Dr Lucian Jayasuriya
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Global connectedness means the risk of re-introduction and resurgence of the disease will continue. - WHO Chief

"COVID 19 spreads fast, it is deadly - 10 times deadlier than the flu pandemic prevailed in 2009." said WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He mentioned that the virus can spread more easily in crowded environments like nursing homes. Early case finding, testing, isolating caring for every case and tracing every contact is essential for stopping transmission. Evidence from several countries is giving the world a clearer picture about this virus, how it behaves, how to stop it and how to treat it.

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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GMOA proposes to test all quarantined personnel

In a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has proposed several actions to minimize the uncertainty created by COVID 19 pandemic and the adverse effects it has on a confident action plan.

GMOA  proposes  to test all quarantined personnel
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An Exit Strategy

Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that an 'exit strategy' for the prevailing curfew could be implemented by end of April, for several districts in the low-risk zone, if only the country continues to execute the present COVID 19 prevention measures in a proper manner.

An Exit Strategy
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