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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

Life & Health

SDGs should not be the icing on business-as-usual 'cake'

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is convening the 4th session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017) from 29 to 31 March 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand. The APFSD is expected to define a regional roadmap to support member States' implementation of the 2030 Agenda over the next 15 years.

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The Article 16 of the FCTC is to be implemented in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is to ban sale of single cigarette and mini packs (packets less than 20 cigarettes) very soon, states the Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
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Ending TB is going to be hard but "hard is not impossible"

Wisdom of Nelson Mandela, "It always seems impossible until it's done", has only deepened in relevance and context when we review the fight against tuberculosis (TB), a curable disease which continues to be one of the top ten causes of death globally.

Ending TB is going to be hard but "hard is not impossible"
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Emotional support is crucial for TB patients

"I can never forget that day. It is etched in my mind forever. I came back from the laboratory totally devastated and in tears. I had never ever thought even in the wildest of my dreams that a person like me could contract TB. But that was what my reports confirmed.

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GMOA and University lecturers to fight for patients' rights

A discussion between the Executive Committee of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) and the Unions of the lecturers of all the faculties of universities in Sri Lanka, was held at the Medical Faculty, Colombo.

Dr Naveen de Soysa, Secretary of the GMOA
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SLMC to appeal court verdict on SAITM - President SLMC

Professor Carlo Fonseka, President of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) said that the members of the SLMC convened today and decided to submit an application to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka within the next 42 days to appeal against the ruling of the Appeal Court regarding the private medical college in Malabe.

Professor Carlo Fonseka
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Standardization of medical practices is a timely requirement

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) Executive Committee met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday morning, to discuss about SAITM issue and handed over a letter with proposals to revoke the situation and demanded to stop further admissions immediately. President will appoint a Special Expert Committee and action would be taken according to their recommendation.

Standardization of medical practices is a timely requirement
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We must bequeath good air to our next generation...

So said award-winning Dr Chitra Chandrashekar, Director of Dr Iravatham’s Clinical Laboratory, Hyderabad. I met her in Mumbai during NAPCON 2016 and was struck by her modesty and her passion for working in the field of TB. Chitra spoke with CNS (Citizen News Service) about her study titled 'Host susceptibility to Mycobacteria and Transmission dynamics', related to the transmission dynamics of TB, which won her the prestigious Professor OA Sarma Oration Award at NAPCON 2016.

Shobha Shukla, CNS (L), Dr Chitra Chandrashekar (R)
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Early cancer diagnosis saves lives, cuts treatment costs – WHO

Each year 8.8 million people die from cancer, mostly in low and middle income countries, the World Health Organization states. Late diagnosis is one problem and even in countries with optimal health systems and services, many cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.

Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO's Department for the Management of non-communicable diseases
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World Cancer Day: Ensure the right treatment at the right time to every patient

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.8 million new lung cancer cases (13% of all cancers diagnosed), and 1.59 million deaths (19.4% of the total cancer deaths). According to the latest cancer registry data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research, 0.114 million new lung cancer cases (83,000 in males and 31,000 in females) are estimated during 2016 in India.

Dr Navneet Singh, PGIMER (L), Shobha Shukla, CNS (C) and Dr Marzi Mehta, surgical oncologist (R)
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