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Shot in the arm for NCD patients

The Health Ministry has taken measures to make available an uninterrupted supply of 16 varieties of medicines and drugs essential for patients with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena informed ministry officials to provide the medicine to Healthy Lifestyle Clinic Centres islandwide under the purview of Primary Health Centres. NCDs have become the number one killer in Sri Lanka.

The Health Ministry has taken measures to establish Healthy Lifestyle Clinic Centres affiliated to Primary Health Centres to treat patients with NCDs. Five hundred and fifty six Healthy Lifestyle Centres have been established and another 250 centres are being set up, Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr Palitha Mahipala said.

The centres will be provided instructions about exercises, diet patterns and medicine to patients and these will help identify NCD patients as well, he said.

Adrenaline tartrate 0.1 percent injection 01 ml Ampoule, Aspirin tablet 100 mg, Atenolol tablet 50 mg, Atorvastatin tablet 10 mg, Beclometasone diproprionate inhaler-50 mcg metered dose, 200 dose unit MDI dry powder capsule for breath induced device,100 mcg DPI and 200 mcg DPI, Chiorpheniramine (Chlorphenamine)-injection 10 mg in 01 ml ampoule tablet 04 mg, Enalapril Maleate tablet 5 mg, Frusemide-injection 20 mg in 02 ml Ampoule tablet 40 mg (Furosemide), Glibenciamide tablet 05 mg, Glyceryt trinitrate tablet 0.5 mg Sub lingual, Hydrochlorothiazide tablet 25 mg, Hydrocortisone hemisuccinate injection 100mg vial, Metformin tablet 500 mg and 850 mg, Nifedipine Slow Release tablet 20 mg, Salbutamol-respiratory solution 0.5 percent in 10 ml bottle tablet 02 mg and 04 mg and Theophylline Slow Released tablet have been identified essential medicines for patients with NCD.

The list of medicine have been prepared on the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO), Association of the Specialist Doctors of Physical Diseases, Association of the Specialist Doctors of Child Diseases and Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA). Arrangements have been made to provide the medicine to patients with NCDs. These will be provided at Healthy Life Style Clinic Centres free of charge, Dr.Mahipala said.

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