Sri Lanka to set up gene tech­nol­ogy unit

BioSpectrum (India) - - WORLD NEWS -

The Health Min­istry in Sri Lanka plans to es­tab­lish a gene tech­nol­ogy unit to en­hance treat­ment for com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases. Health Min­is­ter Se­naratne will in­clude this project it in the next bud­get. The tech­nol­ogy is in use in the US at present. A Cab­i­net pro­posal will be sub­mit­ted for the con­struc­tion of a mod­ern lab­o­ra­tory with high-tech med­i­cal equip­ment, at a cost of Rs 482 mil­lion.

There are five gene tech­nol­ogy lab­o­ra­to­ries in Sri Lanka. At present, there are seven doc­tors em­ployed by the Health Min­istry who work in the field of gene tech­nol­ogy and they will be given a spe­cial train­ing in the US. Ac­cord­ing to the Health Min­is­ter, gene tech­nol­ogy is now be­ing used to pro­duce drugs to treat var­i­ous ge­netic dis­eases. The tech­nol­ogy can be used for early de­tec­tion and bet­ter man­age­ment of can­cer and can be used to pro­duce drugs for dis­eases such as tha­las­saemia and haemophilia. It will also en­able med­i­cal treat­ment at lower costs.

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