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NCD check for public sector employees soon

The Health Ministry plans to keep public servants under check to prevent them from contracting Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had instructed health officials to formulate a system that the status of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) be checked on all public sector employees before granting their salary increments, Health Ministry spokesman said.

The Minister had instructed the officials to draft a Cabinet Paper before end October in formulating the system. “He gave these instructions after a special discussion held with the team of Public Health experts attached to the World Health Organization (WHO).This move will be a part of protecting public servants from NCDs,” the spokesman said.

Minister Senaratne and the team of WHO experts discussed the WHO’s world plan of solving vocational health issues, he said. Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe and Additional Secretray Dr. Lakshmi Somathunga were present.