Monday, October 27, 2008

Health Ministry Spent Rs.3.32 Million For Testing Milk Powder On Melamine

Health Ministry had Spent Rs 3.32 Million to Foreign Laboratories so far Regarding Testing of Milk Powder Samples On "Melamine" Ministry Sources said Today(28).Ministry Spent this money for Laboratories in Singapore and in India.Up to Now The Food Control Unit of the Health Ministry sent 92 samples of Milk Powder for Testing "Melamine" and 22 Samples have been received as Negative.Reports of another 70 Samples due to receive soon According to the Ministry sources.
A Five Member Commitee has been set up under the food control unit of the Ministry to Monitor and Review the Milk and Milk Products containing "Melamine" in the Local Market.

PSC To Conduct An Inquiry Against The Guilty Persons Of Expired Blood Kits Case

Public Services Commission (PSC)is Due to Conduct an Disciplinary Inquiry on Four Persons Charged for Using of Expired Blood Kits for the patients including the Former Director of the National Blood Center In Narahenpita Dr.(Mrs)Mangalika Bindusara Health Ministry Sources said Today (27).Health Ministry Secretary Dr.Athula Kahanda Liyanage Already sent the Report of the Inquiry held in this regard to the Commission and to the Attorney General and Issued Charge Sheets against the guilty Persons.

Flavoured Babul And Beda Betel Leaves To Ban Again In Sri Lanka

Health Ministry Today (27)Decided to Ban Completely the Importing and Selling of Pakistani Flavored Betel Leaves "Babul" And "Beda" after Receiving Complaints from the Public and the Doctors .Around 18 Importers importing these Flavored Betel Leaves to Sri Lanka which are selling in front of the Schools and in Small Huts.Lot of School Children among the People who got Addicted to Chewing this Betel Leaves and are at risk of getting Cancer According to the Health Ministry.Some Flavored Ingredients and Colorings used for Preparing these Betel Leaves are Found as Cancerous Elements Ministry Sources Further Added.
According to the Recent Survey carried out among 75 of this Betel Chewers in Kegalle District by the Ministry of Health 40 were found as affected with the Oral Cancer.Tobacco Leaves which including the Addictive "Nicotine" used when preparing these Betel Leaves.Due to the Nicotine A person Chewed this Betal Leves once used to Chewing it again according to the Doctors.Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva will Chaired a special Meeting of Medical Experts scheduled to be held in this week at the Health Ministry to discuss on this Issue before official y announcing the Ban of the Babul and Beeda Betel Leaves.Ministry Of Health Imposed a Ban on Importing these Betel Leaves Few Months ago but Lifted the Ban later.

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