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Melsta Hospitals Ragama becomes first to be accredited with IMS

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Melsta Hospitals Ragama, part of Melsta Health, a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s leading diversified conglomerate Melstacorp PLC recently became the only healthcare institution in the country to be accredited with an integrated management system (IMS) comprising of four international standards; ISO 9001:2015, ISO 22000:2018, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018.

In February 2020 Melstacorp PLC owned by business tycoon Harry Jayawardena fully acquired Browns Hospitals managed by Browns Healthcare and rebranded it Melsta Hospitals Ragama. In a short span of time, the Melsta Health management has been able to achieve an affordable, quality conscious and process driven culture whilst staying true to its purpose of being socially responsible.

Melsta Health currently manages Joseph Fraser Memorial Hospital, a long-standing frontrunner in women’s and children-focused healthcare. Melsta Health also owns and operates Melsta Labs, a growing network of state-of-the-art laboratories with presence in the Western, Southern and Central provinces.

Dr. K. Thiyagarajah Iraivan, Executive Director, Melsta Hospitals said “Our aim is to provide comprehensive and quality healthcare on par with world-class standards at affordable rates making it easily accessible to everyone across the country. The IMS platform will now allow us to set the stage in acquiring the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in the near future”.

The hospital also conducted a live kidney transplant surgery to a very deserving patient completely free of charge to mark its anniversary. As a responsible and inclusive heathcare facility, it has reduced prices of many medical procedures including OPD, surgeries, theatre charges, and room rates.

Ranjana Gunathilake, GM, Operations, said “The IMS integrates all aspects of the hospital operations into one set of policies and procedures allowing us to achieve high operational efficiencies and continuous improvement. These enable us to give a quality and consistent service to our customers and also ensure occupational health and safety among our talented and employees”.

“This accreditation affirms the continuous efforts in streamlining our processes to embrace and foster a process-driven attitude to doing things. Quality patient care and safety is of foremost importance to us”, said Dr. Upul Illangasinghe, Director – Medical Service.



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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