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* Sri Lanka launches National Health Week today
Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 12:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health will launch the National Health Week from today with the participation of public and private sector employees.

The Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena will hand over the National Drug Policy to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa today in line with the launch of the National Health Week.

Minister Sirisena says the National Health Week aims to increase the awareness among the public on health services and health issues.

It will be held until 16th March under seven themes. Today's theme is on public servants' health and public relations and cleanliness. The theme for the Tuesday's program will be on controlling dengue while the Wednesday's program will focus on raising awareness on dengue.

Prevention of kidney diseases, cancers and all the other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will be the theme for Thursday. Friday will be reserved for school children while March 15th will be drug eradication day.

The week will come to a conclusion with an assessment and religious observances scheduled for March 16th, the Health Ministry says.

The official launch will be held at Homagama Base Hospital with the participation of Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.

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