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Health Minister opens ultra-modern Dialysis Centre at Kotelawala Defense University Hospital

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Health Minister, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, inaugurated the ultra-modern Dialysis Centre of the Kotelawala Defense University Hospital at Werahera on Thursday.

Renal services began six months ago with renal clinic and inward admissions.

The new state-of-the-art dialysis facility is a 13-bed unit equipped with the latest Fresenius 4008S and 5008 machines. For the first-ever time, Heamodiafiltration has been introduced to Sri Lanka. This new form of dialysis is safer and more comfortable to kidney failure patients, who also have cardiac issues.

Another feature of the facility is that it is equipped with a reverse osmosis RO (Twin) system with a heat and chemical sterilization central supply loop. This is the safest and purest water dialysis system in a Sri Lankan unit due to the use of ultra pure RO water.

As a result, the chances of bacteremia from contaminated water is very low as the water is 99.9% purified.

The unit is also equipped with wall mounted oxygen, suckers. With user-friendly dialysis beds and chairs there are television screens for every patient.

Kt/V is online giving an adequacy of dialysis data. The approximate cost of equipment alone is Rs. 50 million. More than 500 dialysis are expected to be performed per month.

Initial dialysis for poor/acute patients will be given free of charge. Chronic and regular dialysis will be available at both economical and standard rates.

The staff includes around 20 employees comprising fully-trained medical officers, nursing sisters, dialysis nurses and technical staff.

The unit is headed by Vidyajyothi Rezvi Sheriff, senior professor of medicine, who introduced dialysis and kidney transplantation to Sri Lanka in 1984.

With dialysis available, he plans to introduce kidney transplantation within the next few months the way he did in the private sector and National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL).



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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