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Increasing heart attacks need urgent scientific probing: medical collective

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By Chaminda Silva

A combination of both indigenous and western medical practitioners demands that government immediately investigates reports quoting doctors that there has been a sudden upsurge in heart attacks in recent weeks.

The National Organizer of the Indigenous and Western Medical Professionals’ Collective, Dr Udara Sampath, told a Colombo news conference that doctors at the National Hospital have warned that the number of heart attack cases had increased between 20 to 30 per cent.

“This increasing trend has been observed during recent weeks. This is not a matter to be overlooked. Fortunately not all who suffered heart attacks died. But this is a trend needing immediate serious study,” he said.

“We also have similar reports from hospitals in all provinces. This must be studied scientifically and the public kept informed.”

Admitting that the shortage of medicines due to the forex crisis may be one reason, he said nevertheless the trend needed serious study.

Director of the International and Research Department of the Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC), Dr Nanda Gunawardena, said that some have expressed the view that after effects of the anti-covid vaccines may be a cause.

They say that while countries such as the US and Canada administered a single type of vaccine and booster, this was not so in Sri Lanka where different types of vaccines and boosters had been used. Such doubts should be cleared through a proper scientific study by an appropriate state agency.

“While the number of covid deaths were reduced by vaccination, the after effects of using a cocktail of doses has not yet been studied even internationally,” Dr Gunawardena said.

Covid Death Prevention Coalition Convener Dr Chandana Jayalath and Ayurvedic Doctor Sumudu Liyanarachchi also addressed the press.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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