Sri Lanka to set up gene technology unit
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.