Chronic Kidney Disease a major health issue in Sri Lanka.-by Harold Gunatillake Transcript: “It is the toil, sweat and tears of the humble paddy farmer in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka that puts the rice on our plates daily. It is this very same farmer, mainly in the North Central Province (NCP), who has been caught in the vice-like grip of a deadly, mysterious kidney disease”-Kumudini Hettiarachchi. It is observed that there is a high prevalence of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin, leading to failure in kidney function, in the Northern Central province in Sri Lanka, among the farming community. It has become the silent killer among the farming community and a major health problem in the island. It is a toxic nephropathy and labelled as chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology. There is various hypothesis, but the closest one is environment exposure to heavy metals. These heavy ...

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Into the valley of death marched the 600 Source:Sundaytimes In one man’s quest for justice, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Tassie Seneviratne recounts the “saddest day in Sri Lanka’s police history” in his soon to be released book ‘Human Rights & Policing – Reminiscences of My Police Days’. Kumudini Hettiarachchi reports He lives in retirement in Gampaha, reading, writing, gardening and listening to bird calls but although he has had a colourful career in the Police Force of old during its “best of times” which gradually became the “worst of times” there is a quest burning within him. A compelling duty yet to be fulfilled. Justice and due recognition for a group of “forgotten heroes”, is retired Senior Superintendent of Police Tassie Seneviratne’s quest. A quest begun way back in June 1990 when he traced the bloody and tragic path that several of his brother officers and juniors were “ordered” ...

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Taking on a mantle in the face of COVID-19: By Kumudini Hettiarachchi   Source:sundaytimes As the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, celebrates its 150th anniversary tomorrow (June 1), its new Dean, Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake talks about taking the institution forward, infusing it with advanced technology 1870 and 2020 – 150 years have elapsed but the health issues seem to be the same. It was yaws, a contagious bacterial disease which felled a large number of people in the Wanni then, while it is the highly-infectious COVID-19, which is rampaging through the world including Sri Lanka, leaving a trail of disease and death now. Similar to the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, being born to meet the demand for health facilities across the country due to yaws, this august institution stands on the cusp of pre and post-COVID-19 in 2020, with a re-birth being essential to face the challenges of the new order. ...

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