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President calls for National Policy on Oral Cancer Prevention

President Maithripala Sirisena stressed the importance on having a National Policy on Oral Cancer Prevention to save people’s lives and to protect people from being victimised for having oral cancer.

President Sirisena highlighted that the people have to be protected from oral cancers by introducing good health habits and precautions since three Sri Lankans die of oral cancer daily.

The President was addressing a workshop organised in line with the World Oral Cancer Day at the Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama yesterday.

President Sirisena said that he has introduced a Deheth Watti, which is tobacco, lime and arecanut free seven years ago aiming to protect people with oral cancer.

The President noted that it is needed to draw attention on the way this programme was implemented by offering a hazard free Daheth Watti to the Chief Incumbents seven years ago.

“Sri Lanka is facing a huge oral cancer threat as a result of tobacco and arecanut use. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all to free the country from oral cancer threat by living a healthy life,” President Sirisena said.

The President said that the Daheth Wattiya is nothing new to the country as it is connected to Buddhist Civilization for centuries.

According to the National World Health Day “The World Oral Health Day” falls on March 20 of each year.

The annual event will be held this year under the theme Muwa Suwa Wenuwen Nithi Same Ekwemu in line with the World Oral Health Day.

 


 

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