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Peradeniya scientists produce immunity boosting herbal product

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Text and PIX BY CYRIL WIMALASURENDRE

KANDY – Scientists of the Peradeniya University have produced a herbal immunity enhancer capable of combating bacteria and any kind of virus, including the COVID-19.

Introducing the product, named as Prana, to the media, at the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology of the University of Peradeniya, on Saturday, Senior Professor and Head of the Department Prof Jayantha Rajapaksa said that the immunity raiser had been produced from local herbs and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, thalisa pathrra, and una kapuru.

The tests conducted by the Department had proven that the product could boost primary immunity in humans against viruses, Prof Rajapakse said, adding that increasing immunity against an identified virus was known as enhancing the secondary immunity, which ensures protection from only identified viruses. Vaccination against an identified virus is increasing secondary immunity. The immunity booster produced by the university could ensure the enhancement of primary immunity thereby be a sure protection against any variant of the COVID-19 virus and other harmful bacteria, he said.

Senior Prof Rajapakse said: “We have conducted two main researches on this product which could be used by people as a drink. The first research has confirmed that there are no elements harmful to humans in the drink while the second confirmed an increase in immunity. Usually, every human gets primary immunity from his parents and it is in his or her genes. Importance of boosting primary immunity in the face of a virus, such as COVID-19 which was evolving fast to produce new variants, is very high.”

Senior Professor Rajapakse said that the testing of the product had taken three months, and the product could be marketed as it is safe and it could counter any virus including COVID-19.

Ayurvedic Dr. Pradeepa Dissanayake (BAMS, Colombo) said that the primary immunity enhancer had been endorsed by the Ayurvedic Department and could be used against diseases in the respiratory system. It could be prescribed for fever, common cold, running-noses, headache and cough, she said.

 

 



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SJB complains of sexual harassment of its female MP; Speaker denies allegation

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By Saman Indrajith

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday in a statement said that an allegation made by SJB Matale District MP Rohini Kumari Wijeratne pertaining to an issue of verbal sexual harassment was not true.

Raising a point of order MP Wijeratne said that she regretted over some government MPs singing lewd songs about SJB Ratnapura District MP Thalata Atukorale while the debate on the no-confidence motion against Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila was in progress during the last sitting week of parliament.

MP Kaviratne said it was a violation of MP Atukorale’s Parliamentary privileges. “There are only 12 female MPs in this Parliament. This house is not there to criticise women or to discuss the wives or mistresses of MPs. Its objective is to make decisions on issues faced by the public,” she said.

MP Wijeratne said that she also regretted that Speaker Abeywardene’s failure to prevent a female MP being subjected to verbal sexual harassment in the House. “You have a wife and a daughter but you were sitting there laughing. “You were laughing when MP Athukorala was being verbally harassed. I as a female MP regret your silence and express my disapproval,” MP Wijeratne said.

Speaker Abeywardena said he would inquire into the allegation.

Later issuing a statement, the Speaker’s office said that MP Wijeratne’s allegation was untrue.

The statement said that there had been no occurrence of such an incident while Speaker Abeywardene was in the Chair. Therefore, the Speaker had no involvement in such an incident as alleged by MP Kaviratne. “It is regrettable that MP Kaviratne made such irresponsible remarks without perusing the Hansard and video records of parliament sitting sessions. The MP should have perused the records before making such an allegation. Without doing so the MP has made remarks misleading the public and bringing disrepute to the House,” the Speaker’s statement said.

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As COVID-19 cases rise, Minister wants all hands on deck

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Health Minister declaring open the Centre

All health workers had been vaccinated, and they had to report for work, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health yesterday said at a ceremony to open a Covid-19 treatment unit constructed at the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital.

The unit was constructed with the help of the Sri Lanka Air Force. Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana was present on the occasion.

The centre has five wards with 160 beds. The estimated cost of the construction was close to Rs. 200 million, however the Air Force was able to construct it at a cost of about Rs. 35 million.

The Minister of Health said, “As the number of patients increases, hospitals have to be maintained and hospital capacity has to be increased. The presence of healthcare workers is needed to treat people. We have given both

doses of the vaccine to everyone in the health service. Therefore, they have acquired immunity. We have also taken steps to vaccinate their family members.”

Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director of Mulleriyawa Base Hospital Dr. Priyantha Karunaratne, Director of Civil Engineering Services of the Air Force and a number of Air Force personnel and health staff were present on the occasion.

 

 

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AG ’s Dept tells Supreme Court CID is probing Aranthalawa Bhikku massacre

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By Chitra Weerarathne

Senior State Counsel Dr. Avanthi Perera yesterday told the Supreme Court that the Criminal Investigation Department was investigating the 1987 Aranthalawa Bhikku massacre, where a number of Bhikkus were gunned down by the LTTE.

A Bhikku who survived the massacre filed a fundamental rights violation petition, requesting that the assailants be brought to justice.

Dr. Perera added that the investigation report would be submitted to Court on October 12, the next date of calling of the case.

The bench comprised Justice Priyantha Jayawardene, Justice Achala Wengappuli and Justice Janak de Silva.

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