June 12, Colombo: The World Health Organization (WHO) will present awards to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne for their contribution to combat the Non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The President, who was the Health Minister during the previous administration, and the current Health Minister will be awarded during the Global Conference on Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) organized by WHO in Montevideo, Uruguay from October 18 to 20 2017, Health Ministry sources said.
President and the Health Minister are scheduled to participate in the conference, according to the sources.
The former Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala has informed about the conference and awards to the Health Minister.
Dr. Mahipala is the current Coordinator for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Nutrition and Environmental Health at the WHO South East Asian regional office for 11 member countries in the region.
The WHO has identified Sri Lanka as the country in the region which has taken most successful actions to control NCDs. This is a significant achievement gained by Sri Lanka, the sources said.
The recent action taken by Sri Lanka to control NCDs such as increasing tax on tobacco, introducing 80 percent of pictorial warning for cigarette packets, banning tobacco cultivation by 2020, led the country to gain this opportunity.