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Government aims to open the country to normalcy by vaccinating 22 million people in the next three to four months

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-State Minister Nimal Lanza

Nimal Lanza, State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure, said that the government aims to open the country to normalcy by vaccinating 22 million people in the next three to four months.

Minister expressed these views while addressing the Wattala Women’s Conference held on the February 06 under the theme ‘Siw Dhesa Sureki Siw Wasara’ of the Sri Lanka People’s Front.

Speaking further Minister of State Nimal Lansa said:

‘We must open up the country, protect ourselves from the Covids and carry on our daily activities. Because medical experts say that the effect of Covid will last for another 3 years. Therefore, if nothing is done without opening up the country, the country’s economy will completely collapse. The economy of the people will collapse. The country will be trapped in a huge debt trap. That is why we sholud have to face this successfully.

‘A number of proposals have been implemented in this budget with the objective of implementing a number of programs to uplift the economy of the rural people and empower women as entrepreneurs through a people centered program. The present government is working to make the “Vision of Prosperity” program that the country is building a reality within the next four years. Therefore, despite the Covid influence, development activities are being carried out island wide.

‘The opposition insulted women by saying that prostitutes were brought in when Ukrainian tourists were brought in to start the tourism business. It is not good to disrespect women. The opposition said the war could not be ended. The war is over. They said the government could, not control Covid. But it was controlled.’ He further said that even though our country is a small country, it has come to the 10th place in the world in terms of Covid control.

Prof. Ranjith Bandara, Member of Parliament, Kokila Harshani Gunawardena, Member of Parliament, Diana Gamage, Keshala Jayawardena, chairperson of the National Savings Bank, Beatrice Dissanayake, chairperson of the Women’s Bureau, Kumuduni Gunasekera, chairperson of the Spices and Allied Products Corporation Ashoka Lankathilake, president of the Sri Lanka People’s Front Beauty Association Priyanka Jayasekara, Harchana Ranatunga, Wattala convener of the Sri Lanka People’s Front Vishwa Prabha, president of the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha Thyagaratne Alwis were also present.



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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