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Sri Lanka experiences rise in non-communicable diseases: Ministry initiates response

March 24, Colombo (LNW): The nation is confronting a surge in non-communicable diseases, Health Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana disclosed.

The Minister’s remarks appeared at the inauguration of the “Suva Udana” mobile health clinic programme in Yakkalamulla, Galle yesterday (23).

The “Suva Udana” initiative, marking the 14th such endeavour this year, is designed to deliver essential healthcare services to rural communities.

During his address, Pathirana underscored the escalating prevalence of non-communicable diseases nationwide.

The mobile clinic is equipped to provide a wide array of services, encompassing dental care, laboratory diagnostics, eye care, and screenings for blood sugar, lipid levels, body mass index, and blood pressure.

Moreover, specialised clinics focusing on kidney disorders, traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and Chinese acupuncture are also available.

With an emphasis on early detection and intervention, the Ministry of Health aims to refer identified cases to government hospitals for further medical attention.

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