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Melsta Hospitals Ragama inaugurates state-of-the-art Gastrointestinal Centre


on S.Hewavisenthi, Dean – Faculty of Medicine at University of Kelaniya marks the official opening

In view of providing the best quality and advanced medical services to the people with increased accessibility and affordability, Melsta Hospitals Ragama recently declared open its Gastrointestinal Centre, one of the very few state-of-the-art and purpose-built centres dedicated to treat intestinal and related diseases in the private healthcare sector of Sri Lanka.

Part of Melsta Health which is a fully owned subsidiary of the leading diversified conglomerate Melstacorp PLC, Melsta Hospitals Ragama now offers a comprehensive range of gastrointestinal investigations by some of the top leading consultants in the country, assisted by well trained nurses and technicians.

The Gastrointestinal Centre is equipped with some of the latest equipment and technology, primarily designed to ease patient movement whilst ensuring that all patients receive a well satisfied experience and outcome at very affordable rates. A significant number of people live with digestive symptoms such as frequent diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and bleeding while passing motion to name a few, and unfortunately many often fail to realize that these could lead to more serious conditions.

The timely initiative to build such a facility comes after Melsta Hospitals identified that there is an increased gap and requirement for gastrointestinal procedures in Sri Lanka and especially the need for everyone having to travel to Colombo to receive such treatments. Now, people in and around Gampaha and Colombo can have access.

‘The aim of Melsta Hospitals is to work closely with the consultants at Colombo North Teaching Hospital to offer comprehensive medical care at affordable prices where everyone can have access to. The commencement of kidney transplant surgeries, total range of urology procedures and now the Gastroenterology department are a few milestones the hospital is able to establish in such a short time. Melsta Hospitals is growing stronger with every aspect focused on affordability and quality, with plans underway to begin cardiology, cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery along with international accreditation in the near future,’ said Dr. K. Thiyagarajah Iraivan, Executive Director/CEO- Melsta Hospitals

This is one of the very few recent introductions of Melsta Hospitals Ragama. The hospital also invested heavily to expand its entire urology department to now include a complete, affordable range of urology and laser surgeries and kidney transplant surgeries.

Since its acquisition and rebranding in early 2020, Melsta Health (Pvt) Ltd is continuously thriving to set some of the best standards in the healthcare sector of Sri Lanka with Melsta Hospitals Ragama. It established a urology and transplant centre and now the gastrointestinal centre. Its modern MRI, CT and radiology services are some of the best in the sector. The hospital also focuses on oncology namely in breast care and breast cancer, as non-communicable diseases continue to rise.

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ESOFT Metro Campus holds Graduation Ceremony 2021



Dr. Dayan Rajapakse – Chairman and Managing Director of the ESOFT Group (Right) presenting a certificate to a graduate

The Annual Graduation Ceremony of ESOFT Metro Campus was held at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall (BMICH) on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021. A total of 1,800 students graduated at this year’s event. Successful students received their Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas, Pearson Level 7 Qualifications, London Metropolitan University (UK) Degrees and MBA’s, Kingston University (UK) Degrees and MSc’s.

It was held across two days and split into 9 sessions, to be in full compliance with health guidelines. In addition to the conferring of degrees, batch tops were awarded gold medals and special awards were made to the top achievers of the programmes.

Keynote addresses were by an eminent group of academics and industry leaders including Mr. Conard Dias CEO, LOLC Finance PLC, Mr. Thushera Kawdawatta – CEO, Axiata Digital Labs, Dr. Dayan Rajapakse – Chairman and Managing Director of the ESOFT Group, Dr. Sampath Wahala – Chairman, Sri Lanka Accreditation Board, Mr. Tishan Subasinghe – Managing Director and joint Managing Partner Moore Stephens Consulting (Pvt) Ltd and Moore Stephens Aiyar, Prof. A.A.C Abeysinghe – M.Phil. PhD Programme Coordinator, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo.

Foreign delegates from the University Partners were present virtually and delivered their speeches and wishes for the graduates via video. The Virtusa careers team were also present on both days in order to provide career opportunities to the young and successful graduates. ESOFT prides itself in producing graduates who are work-ready and able to take on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new economy.

ESOFT has a rich history of 21 years and is the largest private sector higher education network in Sri Lanka, and offers a variety of programmes through an extensive island-wide network of over 40 branches and serves over 40,000 learners each year in a range of programmes from school leaver courses to postgraduate programmes.

ESOFT partnered with Kingston University London in 2012 to offer undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering and soon established a dedicated College of Engineering in Katubedda. In 2013, they partnered with London Metropolitan University to offer a range of programmes leading to undergraduate and postgraduate awards in Computing, Business, Hospitality, and Travel & Tourism. A range of MSc programmes in IT and an International Doctoral programme for IT, Science and Engineering research areas, has also been introduced via Kingston University.

The ESOFT Group has won local and international awards from Pearson (UK), BCS (UK), NBQSA, National Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Sri Lanka in recognition of their academic excellence and business performance. Their pinnacle accomplishment was to be recognized by the Sri Lankan Government as a Non-state Degree Awarding Institution in 2019.

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Coconut industry products raking in forex to the tune of $ 7000 yearly – State Minister



By Steve A. Morrell

Earnings from exporting coconut products amounted to $ 7000 annually. Such exports include jaggery and treacle, which are key products relating to the coconut industry, State Minister of Coconut, Kithul and Palmyrah Cultivation Promotion Arundika Fernando said.

Although coconut, as part of the plantation industry, was not given due recognition, it was now a distinct contributor to forex earnings and was of significant importance to the economy of the country, Fernando said.

The State Minister added: “Development of the coconut plantations includes value addition promotion to its various products, which are now key to sustaining the coconut plantations.

“Such development included propagation of 600,000 nursery plants for distribution among smallholders and large-scale plantations to add further progress to the industry. As a result, the coconut industry is part of the mainstream economy.

“The coconut industry made a substantial financial contribution to the economy of the country. Value addition in all products was key to development. Coconut products, used extensively in allied local industries, were contributors to value addition. This is efficiently handled by the private sector.

“Collaboration with the Jaffna University was on-going to develop kitul and palmyrah.

“Soil testing and further inputs were envisaged for development.

“Export markets would include Europe, Canada and the US. This is particularly true of kitul treacle and jaggery. Value of these exports would reach approximately $ 2 million.”

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INSEE Cement’s 360-Degree Approach Eases Cement Shortage in Sri Lanka



Operating at maximum production capacity with optimized distribution channels for a number of weeks, INSEE Cement has successfully helped to mitigate the cement shortage that was prevailing in the local market. INSEE Cement’s concentrated and immediate contingency measures across its entire operation at the onset of the shortage ensured an uninterrupted market supply of cement, while also logging a record-high 700,000 MT production output during the third quarter of 2021 for the company.

“As Sri Lanka’s leading cement manufacturer, INSEE Cement took on the responsibility to ensure the local construction industry’s post-COVID-19 revival remained on its trajectory,” stated Gustavo Navarro, Chief Executive Officer at INSEE Cement Sri Lanka. “We continued to fully support government regulations and industrial policies to first stabilize the market, and were able to deploy our island-wide distribution and dealership network to ensure an uninterrupted supply across the island. The loyalty and patience of our customers gave us that extra encouragement we needed to overcome the challenge.”

INSEE Cement operates at a 3.6MT maximum capacity, with a 1.5MT production at the Galle plant, a 1.3MT output from the Puttalam facility and a 0.8MT import capacity at the Colombo Cement Terminal. To mitigate the shortage the company introduced two more additional import vessels to its logistics operation to accelerate production and distribution cycles.



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