» 10/04/2011, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Breast cancer awareness month in Sri Lanka
Some 700 clinics are set up in the country’s public hospitals, offering free diagnostic tests. Each year, 500 women die from this form of cancer; women between 35 and 40 years are the most at risk.
23/06/2016 14:14:00 VIETNAM
Hue: Catholic nuns and Buddhist women together to fight breast cancer
Every year, 4,500 Vietnamese women die from cancer. Over a ten-year period, the rate jumped by 69 per cent. Lack of preventive measures and financial means as well as social stigma deter people from seeking treatment. A group of Catholic nuns, medical practitioners and Buddhist volunteers organised a seminar to raise awareness about the problem, and allay fears about the pain.
18/10/2010 IRAN - SRI LANKA
Iranian study reveals abortion increases the risk of breast cancer
The study has been confirmed by similar research in Sri Lanka and the United States. Women who had abortions in the past have 242% more chance of contracting breast cancer. Every pregnancy after the first child reduces the risk of cancer by 50%.
03/08/2009 SRI LANKA
As the danger of epidemics rises in refugee camps, a vaccination campaign gets underway
Every child under the age of 5 should be vaccinated in a three-day immunisation campaign. Human Rights Watch reports a disastrous health situation in overcrowded refugee camps that have no latrines or water. Infectious diseases are becoming commonplace.
07/04/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan papers go "anti-mosquito" for a day to fight dengue fever
On the occasion of National Mosquito Control Week (2-8 April) and World Health Day (7 April), two national newspapers print a special edition using ink infused with citronella oil, a natural repellent that keeps away the mosquitoes that cause hemorrhagic fever. In the first part of 2014, some 6,104 cases of dengue fever were recorded in the country.
Police in hospitals to protect medical staff from patients
On average every day angry patients assault medical staff and damage equipment in about 30 hospitals. Their complaint is of poor and slow medical care that often leaves out in the cold those who cannot pay. Authorities choose to post police inside hospitals to protect the personnel from patients.
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