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SL assures support to suppress production & distribution of synthetic drugs

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Sri Lanka has agreed to fully support and work together with other countries to suppress the production and distribution of synthetic drugs.

Public Security Minister Tiran Alles has made the assurance while joining an international conference on the prevention of synthetic drugs, which was held online on July 07, as an initiative of the United States Department of State, headed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Ministers and diplomatic officers from countries including the USA, the United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Korea participated in this conference while Minister Tiran Alles participated represented Sri Lanka.

In particular, attention was paid to the measures to be taken by the countries that currently have synthetic drug factories to prevent such production activities, and the countries that do not currently have such factories to prevent the creation of such factories.

Also, special attention was paid on how prevention activities can be accelerated through the exchange of technical methods and tools currently used by the countries for drug prevention.

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Number of rabies deaths on the rise

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The Ministry of Health said that the number of people who have died from rabies has increased in the last few years.

Dr. Heshan Guruge, medical officer of the Anti-Rabies Division, said that the lack of knowledge about rabies as well as the bites of animals other than dogs have led to the increase in these deaths.

Dr. Guruge expressed these views while attending a discussion held yesterday (20) at the Health Promotion Bureau in conjunction with the World Rabies Day on September 28.

“When studying the human deaths that happened in the last few years due to rabies, we can see that a number of animals other than dogs have bit them. In some cases, it is not even possible to know who the animal is. Several people who had passed out after being drunk had been bitten by some animal. After a few days, the symptoms of rabies develop. Several such incidents were reported in the last two or three years. Proper first aid should be given in case of any animal bite. Wash the wound with soap and water. If you have alcohol at home, an iodine solution like betadine, surgical spirit, or an antiseptic liquid like hydrogen peroxide, you can use it. Then go to a hospital. If we do this, we can eliminate rabies from Sri Lanka,” he said.

Don’t get closer to new pets for two weeks

Meanwhile, Dr. Athula Liyanapathirana, community specialist of the Epidemiology Unit, said that 12 people have died due to rabies in 2023 so far.

He said that there is a risk of contracting rabies from the bites of all mammals.

The Anti-rabies Unit said that 25 to 30 people die from rabies every year.

The Epidemiology Unit requested the people not to get closer to pets such as dogs and cats for 14 days after bringing them home.

Arrangements should be made to vaccine the dogs against rabies before a period of four weeks has passed.

When bitten by a dog, the area should be washed and cleaned with soap for ten minutes, and after that it is important to seek medical treatment immediately.

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Danushka Gunathilaka’s trial concludes: verdict on 28

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The trial against Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been concluded.

The final hearing was held before Judge Sarah Huggett at the Downing Center District Court in Sydney, Australia today.

Accordingly, the Judge has informed that the verdict of the trial will be delivered next Thursday (28).

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Nishantha Muthuhettigama re-remanded

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Former MP Nishantha Muthuhettigama has been ordered to be further remanded until September 27 by the Galle Magistrate’s Court.

He has been accused of illegally assembling a jeep.

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