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* Sri Lanka to provide concession to kidney patients
Thu, Mar 4, 2010, 07:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Health and Nutrition Nimal Siripala de Silva says that a proposal will be submitted soon to grant a monthly medical allowance of Rs. 1000 to the kidney patients of Sri Lanka.

The Minister pointed out that island wide there were around 30,000 persons suffering from chronic renal diseases. They undergo utmost difficulties since they are unable to work and also because of high cost for treatments and medication.

Most of the kidney patients are from dry zone of Anuradhapura district. Chronic kidney diseases are spread in districts like Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Ampara as well.

Specific reasons for the disease have not been yet identified although the medical researchers attribute the reasons to high cadmium percentage in water, excess use of pesticides and cooking in aluminum vessels etc.

Meanwhile, the cabinet has already approved an allowance of Rs. 1000 per month for 106 kidney patients from Giranduru Kotte in Ampara district as an initial move, the Minister said.

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