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World Oral Health Day

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“Celebrating Healthy Smiles” - World Oral Health Day 2014 The World Oral Health Day was celebrated on 20th March 2014 under the patronage of Hon. Maithripala Sirirsena, Minister of Health at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre precinct. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Healthy Smiles”. The celebrations were organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka Dental association and Unilever Sri Lanka. An arts and crafts exhibition, a health walk and an award ceremony were held as activities during the day’s morning. At the award ceremony held at Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre, the winners of the arts and crafts competition and were given certificates and valuable gifts.

Inauguration of “Save Molar” project A special dental health project

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Inauguration of “Save Molar” project A special dental health project, “Protect Molar” was inaugurated on 13th March 2014 by Ministry of Health in view of protecting molar teeth of children. The twelve wide and flat surfaced teeth at the back of the mouth are called molar teeth. These teeth help us chew and grind food for easy digestion. These are the most essential teeth in the mouth. Yet molar teeth are susceptible for caries in a majority of school children. Around 60% of children have at least 4 decayed teeth at the time of schooling. To seal the rough and deep pitted surfaces on molar teeth a special pit and fissure sealer is used.


Medical Resonance Image (MRI) machine of Teaching Hospital Karapitiya on 15th March

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During the Health Week we have distributed 25 Brand New, highly expensive Medical Equipments to hospitals to be used for patient care – Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Secretary, Ministry of Health stated, opening the new MRI Unit of Teaching Hospital Karapitiya. Ministry of Health announced a National Health Week from 10th to 16th of March. Many development projects of hospitals island wide were initiated during this week and awareness programmes were carried out on diseases and prevention of which to the public. Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Secretary, Ministry of Health mentioned that 25 Brand New, highly expensive Medical Equipments were distributed within this one week.


Sri Lankan Green Tea as a treatment for Leukeamia

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 Rakitha Malewana, student of Nalanda College presented his research findings on using the chemical Katachin which is an extract of Sri Lankan Green Tea as a treatment for Leukeamia which he has done under the nano technology, to Hon. Maithreepala Sirisena, Minister of Health. Rakitha Malewana, who is a student of Biology Section of Nalanda College did his special research project on Sri Lankan Green Tea as a part of the programme which Hon. Maithreepala Sirisena, Minister of Health initiated to promote medical research in school children, university students, medical students and medical professionals. The financial support for these projects are provided from the Ministry of Health.


Health Week Marks the inauguration of formal training in physical exercising

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Ministry of health has conducted a training programme in physical exercises today (13th March) at Independent Square as one of the activities to mark the health week.

This programme was organized as advised by the Hon. Minister of Health and all the people who come for daily exercises took part in the programme.

 Hon. Minister of Health took part in the programme with officials of the Ministry of Health including Additional Secretaries Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Mr. K.A.S.Keeragala and Mr. Somarathna Withanapathirana.

The Health Ministry officials pointed out that although daily physical exercises are good for health it has to be carried out properly or various joint and muscular ailments could arise due to wrong practices.

The photograph shows the Hon. Maithirpala Sirisena, Minister of Health participating in the training programme with others.

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