» 08/21/2012, 00.00
Smoking, drinking and obesity kill 650 people a day in Sri Lanka
Health Ministry assistant health secretary reveals figures. In a population of 21 million, 56 per cent die of cardio-vascular diseases against 10.6 per cent who die from respiratory problems. The ministry plans to spend LKR 300 million (US$ 2.3 million) in an awareness campaign.
13/10/2004 SINGAPORE - ASIA
Fight against obesity starts at school
Affluence leads to continent-wide eating disorders. In China alone there are 60 million obese people but the government is planning countermeasures.
31/05/2013 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, obesity alarm, nearly one-sixth of young people are overweight
The authorities in Colombo make public the data on obesity in the country. An expert from the government denounces the lack of nutritional education. In June, national nutrition month begins.
22/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Dengue fever out break in Sri Lanka kills 146, infects more than 10,000
Housewives and children represent respectively 35 and 22 per cent of those killed. The areas worse affected by dengue are Colombo, Kandy, Matale, Gampaha, Kalutara, Matale and Kegalle.
11/09/2012 SRI LANKA
Stress and crises cause 4,000 suicides a year
The 15 to 44 age group is the most affected. Alcohol and drug abuse, physical and mental illness and stress are the main risk factors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) launches a prevention and support campaign.
Hindu leader blames Nepal earthquake on eating beef
Sakshi Maharaj, from the ruling BJP, blamed Rahul Gandhi, from the opposition Congress Party, for the earthquake because he eats beef. According to Hinduism, cows are sacred. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), “The beef eating comment was aimed at minorities. It is a way of politicising religion.”
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