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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6.54 GMT

Over hundred billion for health 2012


The Government will spend Rs.100 Billion for health services this year and another Rs.8 Billion will be received as foreign assistance for the Health Sector.

According to the Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena, the theme of the health services this year is “to rescue the people from liquor and tobacco and safeguard them from non-communicable diseases”. Several programmes will be implemented this year to prevent the spread of diseases.

Under these programmes, carrying out mosquito control activities uninterruptedly will be given priority as Dengue has become a major threat to the people of the country.

The Minister said that a Bill to establish a National Drug Control Authority will be submitted to Parliament within the next two months. He said that steps will also be taken this year to export Triposha and nutritional products.

Another programme to be implemented this year is computerization of the distribution of drugs and this measure will eliminate drug shortages in various hospitals, the Minister said.






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