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National eye hospital to resume operations tomorrow

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The National Eye Hospital in Colombo will resume full operations from tomorrow after surgeries were suspended last week.

The surgeries were suspended after complications were observed in some of the patients following the use of an eyedrop imported from India,

The use of the eyedrop has been suspended now.

A micro-bug Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) has been identified as the culprit causing the infections among six patients who had undergone surgery at the National Eye Hospital in Colombo this week.

This bacterium had been isolated not only in opened and unopened bottles of a common eye-drop used on these patients but also in some tissue samples sent from the eyes of these patients as well as consumables (such as corneal buttons) used during the surgeries, the Sunday Times understands.

The eye-drop is Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension USP 10-PRED-S, a common steroid and anti-inflammatory medication used after eye surgery. These stocks have been imported from India. The Health Ministry has temporarily halted the use of this eye-drop.

(Sunday Times)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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