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President praises health minister's role in uplifting the medical sector

President Maithripala Sirisena said that around 150 people in Sri Lanka die of Non Communicable Diseases daily and the country should strive to bring down the deaths caused by NCDs to 50. The President noted that the health sector had made vast strides under the Good Governance government that came to power in 2015. President Sirisena said that Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne has played a major role in bringing significant development in the health sector. The President made these remarks at a ceremonial felicitation of Minister Dr. Senaratne on his election as the Vice Chairman of the World Health Organisation. The felicitation ceremony was jointly organised by the Health Service Union Federation, Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation. President Sirisena further said the health sector was subjected to radical changes under this government under the guidance of Minister Senaratne. "Accordingly, the prices of 48 varieties of essential drugs have been brought down drastically. Besides, the prices of stents have also been reduced significantly. Moreover, eye lenses are offered free of charge while a cancer patient is treated without any monetary limits. Earlier, a cancer patient was allocated only 1.5 million rupees and thereafter, the patient had to choose between bearing the additional expenses or death. “These are a few of the significant achievements in the country's health sector after 2015,” President Sirisena said. President Sirisena further added that the present government was able to implement the Prof. Senaka Bibile’s drug policy 45 years after its introduction.