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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Life & Health

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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What we all Sri Lankans need to do...

Health Minister, Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that Sri Lanka can overcome COVID - 19 if the country can stick to this tight situation prevailing in the country, until April 19th. She further said that by April 19th, all possible COVID - 19 patients in Sri Lanka should appear and the people who had it without any symptoms or with mild symptoms will be completely recovered. "What we all Sri Lankans need to do is to stay at home without going out until April 19th. Then the country can be saved from COVID 19."

 Pavithra Wanniarachchi - Minister of Health
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Free Life Insurance Policy for health staff engaged in the fight against COVID 19

The free Life Insurance Policy named LIP "Viru Abhiman" launched a product worth of Rs.1..5 million each, by the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation to the staff of the Health Ministry who are engaged in the fight against COVID 19.

Minister of Health Pavithra, Wanniarachchi, Director General of Health Services- Dr. Anil Jasinghe and a number of other Senior Officials of the Ministry of Health along with AIA CEO Nikhil Advani and Head of Services & Health Care Management, Priyankara De Silva.
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The testing process for the detection and diagnosis of COVID 19 virus to be expanded

The Director General of the Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe has issued a circular to all provincial and regional health authorities instructing to expand the testing process for the detection and diagnosis of COVID 19 virus infection in the country.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe
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Coronavirus Tally – 7 Death: 189 Confirmed Cases

A 48-year-old male has died at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) due to Coronavirus, reporting the 7th COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.

Coronavirus Tally – 7 Death:  189 Confirmed Cases
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On PCR tests conducted so far

It has been decided to conduct PCR tests on those leaving the quarantine centres as well after completing their quarantine period, said Dr. Ananda Wijewickrema of the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH).

On PCR tests conducted so far
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Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19

The recently released Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 shows that Asia and the Pacific region is not on track to achieve any of the 169 targets of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), including those around ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Despite commitments made by governments, inequality in the region is growing and the economic gains made by it are not translating into poverty reduction and gender equity.

Reproductive health services are essential services, including during pandemics like COVID-19
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Medical professionals appreciate the Health Minister

A group of consultant doctors made several suggestions along with mechanisms for the control of the spread of COVID - 19, to the Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi recently.

Pavithra Wanniarachch
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