Healthcare & FMCG News

Lanka Hospitals, first JCIA accredited hospital to perform bone marrow transplant in Sri Lanka


Chinese firms eye deals in Sri Lankan president’s hometown region

ECONOMYNEXT – Chinese companies linked to the government have offered to do projects ranging from drinking water to transport in Sri Lanka’s Polonnaruwa district, the electoral base of the island’s president, Maithripala Sirisena (read more).

Trade deal will not allow Indian doctors to set up clinics in Sri Lanka: – Deputy Finance Minster

ECONOMYNEXT – A planned economic pact with India does not involve the free movement of doctors across the border so that they can set up clinics in Sri Lanka, Deputy Finance Minister Harsha de Silva told reporters. “The economic agreement with India does not involve Mode 04 services or the movement of natural persons,” de Silva told reporters in Colombo. (read more)

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Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry Chief calls for due recognition


Says National Medicines Regulatory Authority should recognise SLCPI as key stakeholder of health sector

(DFT) The 54th AGM of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry was held earlier this month with Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senarathne gracing the occasion as Chief Guest whilst National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) Chairman Prof. Lal Jayakody was Guest of Honour (read more)

Strong growth seen for Sri Lanka private hospitals


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s private hospitals are poised for strong growth given favourable demographic trends in the island which has one of the world’s fastest-growing, ageing populations, Fitch Ratings has said. (read more)

GlaxoSmithKline sees staged roll-out of malaria vaccine


(DFT): The world’s first malaria vaccine, which won a green light from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said recently. “We believe that there should be a thoughtful, staged roll-out of this vaccine, particularly because it is important that we acquire more knowledge about where it really works the best,” GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters.(read more)

Health Ministry to conduct tests on noodles


(DFT) The Health Ministry is to conduct chemical tests on all brands of noodles and the samples will be sent to the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI). The move comes after Nestle had said last week that it will destroy more than $50m worth of its hugely popular Maggi noodles, following a ban imposed by India’s food safety regulator. (read more)

President assures increase in budgetary allocations for healthcare

Participating as chief guest at the International Family Health Day celebrations at the National Youth Centre in Maharagama on Tuesday, President Sirisena said that the development in health service is a more important measurement on the development of a country rather than the development of physical resources such as roads and buildings (read more)

CFW’s ‘Fashion+Food’ celebrates Colombo


(DFT) CFW’s ‘Fashion+Food’ program, which was part of the series ‘Celebrate Colombo’ in association with Sri Lanka Tourism, showcased Colombo as a vibrant city that buzzes with activity during Fashion Week, and highlighted the myriad attractions and experiences it has to offer. (read more)

Empowering agri-food sector SMEs via eco-innovation


The launch of ‘The Eco-innovation Project on Agri-food Sector for SMEs’: Sri Lanka selected to implement first pilot project in Asia Pacific region; implemented by UNEP and
local partner NCPC (read more)

USDA Just Approved Apples That Don’t Turn Brown


(Bloomberg) — Apples that have been genetically modified so they don’t turn brown when cut or bruised were approved for planting in the U.S., a product designed to expand the market for fresh-sliced fruit and reduce food waste (read more)

Why It’s So Hard for McDonald’s to Change


(BW-Bloomberg) McDonald’s is an industrial wonder. It’s the biggest restaurant chain in the world, measured by sales, with some 14,000 locations in the U.S. and 36,000 globally. That’s the problem (read more)

Get ready for the time of your life!


Tips to prepare for your retirement from AIA – to ensure you’re ready for the best time of your life! (read more)


Life choices ‘behind more than four in 10 cancers’


Latest figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is the biggest avoidable risk factor, followed by unhealthy diets. (read more)


Developing SL pharmaceutical industry: Concentrate on research and producing biomedical scientists

science park

(DFT) the Government that the facilities at the National Science Park in close proximity to the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology should be used to create an ecosystem conducive for the development of a pharmaceutical industry in the country (read more)


‘Quality 2014’ kicks off

(DFT) The exhibition was organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) SME Development Program together with SLSI, the Sri Lanka Food Processors’ Association (SLFPA) and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC)


LBCH partners THASL to drive HIV & AIDS awareness

(DFT) The Lanka Business Coalition of HIV and AIDS (LBCH) recently signed an MoU with The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) with the aim of promoting HIV&AIDS awareness among its members.


Staying fit in Colombo

(DFT) In addition to giving you a confidence boost every time you pass a mirror, a healthy and fit lifestyle has many benefits, from giving you energy when you need it, to protecting you against harmful illnesses.
If recharging, rejuvenating and warding off excess fat make your cup of tea, Colombo does offer a plethora of options for staying fit and healthy.



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