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Anesthesiologist at Embilipitiya Hospital leaves without notice

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The only consultant anesthesiologist at the Embilipitiya District General Hospital had left the hospital without prior notice, it was reported.

Life-saving surgeries including caesarean operations at the hospital have been halted as a result.

Sources said that Dr Udayanthi Nanayakkara, the consultant anesthesiologist had not reported to duty since last Friday (01), and the hospital management had tried to contact her, but she was not contactable.

However, sources said the higher-ups of the hospital had received a WhatsApp message from the parents of the doctor on Monday (04) stating that the consultant would not be reporting to duty.

Though the higher-ups of the hospital reached the parents to ask for the whereabouts of the daughter, the parents had not provided any specific information.

Furthermore, the patients who are to undergo surgeries like Caesarean sections and complicated surgeries are sent to the Teaching Hospitals in Ratnapura and Karapitiya due to the unavailability of the consultant anesthesiologist.

A top health official also said despite the need for two consultant anesthesiologists at the Embilipitiya Hospital since it is a District General Hospital, the post of consultant anesthesiologist had been vacant for about three months.

An anesthesiologist who was previously in this hospital had gone abroad in October last year and then another anesthesiologist had gone abroad in April, 2023.

They have not returned to Sri Lanka so far.

Almost 200 in-house patients are admitted to Embilipitiya District General Hospital for treatment on a daily basis and 9,144 surgeries have been performed in 2022 alone.

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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President

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Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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