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Sri Lanka provides free universal health care to all citizens of the country without exception. Estimates of the overall health status are much higher than even in many developed countries of the world. Sri Lanka is distinguished by a high life expectancy and an extremely low level of maternal and infant mortality, in contrast to neighboring Asian countries. The country is known for the fact that one of the earliest known health systems was born here. Sri Lanka has its own medicine since ancient times. This is Ayurveda. Ayurveda along with Western medicine, since 2014, received the status of an officially approved and recognized system of medical care and treatment by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka sees health as its national priority for many decades. The first medical aid points are easily accessible at public (state) hospitals, they are located in large cities. There are laboratories and radiological laboratories in most hospitals. But due to the tropical climate, some infectious diseases — and Sri Lankan doctors are defeating more of these infections, reducing their number — can only be treated in hospitals in Colombo, Kandy, Peradeniya, Galle and Jaffna. All doctors and nurses in state hospitals underwent compulsory qualified training with subsequent mandatory confirmation of their level and status in the clinic for a period of at least a year. Only after the verification of the status and qualification of the doctor and medical staff, they are allowed to work with patients. This system is strictly and clearly controlled by the state. That allows us to state with pride the fact that Sri Lanka's doctors are one of the most qualified specialists in the world.

A large number of private hospitals also appeared in Sri Lanka , due to rising incomes and demand for private medical services. They provide a much more detailed and personalized approach to the patient than in public hospitals. However, private clinics are mainly located in Colombo and its suburbs, and have a high price tag for medical services. Some of the most famous private hospitals are: Nawaloka Hospital, Asiri Hospital, Lanka Hospitals, Hospitals and Derdance Hospitals. In Colombo many of the private hospitals are located in the Narahanpita district, namely Asiri, Asiri Surgery, Oasis, Nainwells, etc.
In addition to Colombo, private hospitals also operate in many large cities, such as Gampaha, Kandy and Galle.

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo was established in 1870 as a medical institution. Almost 140 years he was an alma mater medical education in Sri Lanka. The Faculty of Medicine takes an active part in all the major stages of Sri Lanka's health development. He is responsible for the training of Sri Lankan medical graduates in accordance with the health needs of the country. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya is one of the eight public medical schools in Sri Lanka. The faculty began classes with the admission of 120 students in September 1991. Today the faculty trains about 1000 students, including several foreign students, mainly from other countries of South Asia, who were admitted to study after passing the required examinations, and study on a fee basis.

Sri Lanka is proud to be on the highest line of achievements in the field of health, following the results of monitoring and reports of the World Health Organization. According to WHO reported for 2014 — early 2015 Sri Lanka on the health index ranked 23th in the world, ahead of the UK and Spain.

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Sri Lanka is a country of long-livers . Everyone knows that the Japanese live the longest on the planet. According to the results of monitoring and WHO reports, in 2014 — in early 2015, Sri Lanka is ranked 80th in the list of countries by the death rate index (Japan — 105th place, the last on this list). For comparison, the mortality rate in these countries is incomparably higher, and the life expectancy is lower: Ukraine leads the list in a sad list, being 11th in the world, Moldova by 30 and Kazakhstan is on the 46th position.

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Many tourists believe that in this connection, that Sri Lanka is a tropical country, it is necessary to do inoculations against various diseases before going here . We can not take responsibility and give you advice, because it's your life and health. We just note that the absolute majority of tourists come to Sri Lanka without doing any vaccinations at all. Vaccinations during the trip to Sri Lanka are made at the request of the tourist 10 days prior to arrival. As a rule, those tourists who decide on vaccinations are vaccinated against hepatitis A, typhoid, diphtheria and tetanus. Tetanus is a tropical disease common in Asia. If you still intend to get vaccinated, then consult your doctor, and if there are no contraindications, then make an anti-tetanus vaccination.
In emergency situations, especially in case of accidents, it is strongly recommended to contact the Department of General Hospital Services directly, as these Departments are equipped with personnel and material resources for emergency work.

There are several rules of hygiene , observing which, you will protect yourself from infections and without vaccinations. Special attention should be paid to water. Drink only bottled water, and before use, check the integrity of the closure of the lid. Water from the tap in Sri Lanka can be used for washing hands and showering without any fear. It is useful to have an antiseptic for hand treatment, it is advisable to use it before each meal. In your medicine cabinet should be a remedy for stomach disorders. Despite the fact that all meals in hotels and catering establishments in Sri Lanka are completely safe, from incompatibility of ingredients and reactions of the body to them you are not insured. At the slightest wounds, cracks, cuts, the skin must be treated, apply a sterile bandage. Follow the same rules of behavior in the water, do not swallow either hand or sea water while swimming, do not eat unfamiliar dirty vegetables and fruits. During your trip, observing all the precautions, as well as in your homeland, you are unlikely to have to face infectious diseases. And this is another guarantee of a pleasant and unforgettable holiday on our paradise island.

If nevertheless you have had medical problems, immediately inform the hotel manager or guide about it. Their task is to help or facilitate the provision of medical care to the guests of Sri Lanka immediately and to the fullest extent possible.

Have a nice stay in Sri Lanka!

ආයුබෝවන්! Ayubowan! (May you have a long life!)

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