sought for anti-rabies drive
With reports of rabies being on the increase, it's always best to
take precautions by ensuring that your pets are given their annual
As there are hundreds of stray dogs roaming the streets, the
Government, other Non-Governmental Organisations and Animal Welfare
Associations regularly conduct anti-rabies campaigns and sterilisation
programmes to control the stray dog population and also prevent the
spread of rabies.
According to the Director of Public Health and Veterinary Health
Services Dr. P.A.L. Harischandra, the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry
spends nearly Rs. 500 million annually on anti-rabies campaigns.
Under this scheme, domestic and stray dogs are given injections while
sterilisation operations are carried out on dogs. Accordingly, 600,000
domestic dogs, and 58,498 stray dogs have already been given anti-rabies
injections, while another 70,000 have been sterilised, explained Dr.
Around 55,000 deaths due to rabies are reported annually around the
world, while in the Asian region alone nearly 31,000 deaths have been
In Sri Lanka, upto June, this year, 28 deaths have been recorded.
Annually, around 400,000 patients are admitted to hospitals with rabies
and by June, this year nearly 250,000 have been inoculated against
rabies, according to available data.
At the district and provincial level, too, these inoculation and
sterilisation programmes are being conducted to arrest the increasing
Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry requests the public to extend their
cooperation in the task of eradicating this menace by 2016.
Birth and death
August 16 - August 22
Edward Henry Pedris, a national hero was born in 1888.
Madonna, American pop singer was born in 1959.
Elvis Presley, famous American pop singer died in 1977.
Prof. Ediriweera Sarathchandra, former Chancellor - University of
Peradeniya ,died in 1996.
Robert de Nero,an American actor was born in 1943.
Rudolf Hess, a Nazi leader, died in 1987.
Zia-Ul-Haq a former president of Pakistan died in 1988.
Genghis Khan, Mongolian conquerer, died in 1227.
Roman Polanski, polish film director, was born in 1933.
Ven. Piyadassi Maha Thera of Vajirarama, Bambalapitiya passed away in
Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor ,died in 14 A.D.
Bill Clinton, a former president of U.S.A. was born in 1946.
Orville Wright, an American pioneer aviator ,one of the Wright
brothers was born in 1871.
Emily Bronte,famous English novelist was born in 1818.
Leon Trotsky, a philosopher of Socialism assassinated in 1940.
G.B.Alwis Perera, Sinhala poet died in 1966.
Ven.Kotagama Vachissara Thera passes away in 1969.
Benigno Acquino, a Philipine opposition leader assassinated in 1983.
William Merdeck ,Scottish engineer who introduced the gas light
system was born in 1754.
Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya,died in 1978.
Wimalendra Wathuregama,Sinhalese poet died in 1991.
Ananda Coomaraswamy, scholar and a freedom fighter was born in 1877.
Dorothy Parker,an American writer was born in 1893.
which took place
from August 16 - August 22
Official Languages Department was established in 1956.
First motor bike was invented in Germany, in 1883.
University of Ruhuna was inaugurated in 1978.
Present Constitution of the Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri
Lanka was adapted by the Parliament in 1978.
First steam engine ship was invented by American engineer,Robert
Fulton in 1807.
Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital at Kotte, gifted by Japan was
inaugurated in 1984.
Passport System was introduced by the USA in 1861.
An elephant ran amock at the Kandy Dalada Perahera killing 10 people
and injuring many others in 1959.
Vitamin E introduced by a team of scientists at the University of
California, USA in 1935.
The Nilwala Ganga scheme was inaugurated in 1982.
B.B.C. Radio station started their TV news broadcasting service in
England in 1936.
International Red Cross Society was formed in Sweden in 1864.
Post Card was issued for the first time in Sri Lanka in 1872.
woman went to her psychiatrist and said, "Doctor, I need your help. My
husband thinks he is a refridgerator." "That's not so bad," the doctor
said, "it's a harmless complex." "Maybe so," said the woman, "but he
sleeps with his mouth open and it keeps me awake."
* What would you find on a haunted beach?
A sand witch.
* What do you call a fairy who doesn't take a bath?
* What did the teddy bear say when he was offered dessert?
No thanks, I'm stuffed!
* What do you call a ship that lies on the bottom of the ocean and
A nervous WRECK!
Massive inoculation drive in the
Over 40,000 IDP children under the age of five were immunised against
diseases such as polio, tetanus, Japanese encephalitis and rubella under
a massive inoculation drive held in the North.
The Health Ministry initiated a series of programmes to upgrade
health facilities provided for IDPs in the North including the
immunisation project, in welfare villages, which commenced early this
During the three day programme supported by the UNICEF and WHO, over
40,000 children identified in accordance with a survey conducted by
officials of the Public Health Division of the Ministry under the
instructions of Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva were inoculated.
The Ministry has deployed over 150 medical assistants and over 1,200
trained volunteers to effectively carry out the programme within the
The Ministry is to implement the project through its Public Health
Division covering all welfare villages, housing IDPs.
In addition, the Health Ministry has also equipped the Chettikulam
hospital with a state-of-the-art operating theatre at a cost of Rs. 35
million and the new theatre is expected to ease the congestion
experienced in the Vavuniya hospital. It will also lessen travel costs
and difficulties faced by patients in remote villages and welfare camps
in the area. Ministry sources said the Health Minister had put forward a
proposal to the Cabinet seeking its consent to bring the Chettikulam
hospital and relevant health service providing units at all welfare
villages under the direct control of the Ministry (Central Government).
The direct intervention if given, is expected to speed up
decision-making procedures and supplement efforts in providing an
enhanced service to improve health facilities provided to the IDPs.
of life in colours
was an unforgettable day for students of Al-Ameen Vidyalaya, which is
located opposite the Army Headquarters, Slave Island. Almost all 300
students in the school were present to see a unique painting exhibition,
conducted by a group of children under the theme "The reality".
About 40 paintings were displayed at the exhibition which was
declared open by Principal M.Y. Thaha. Teachers-in-Charge of the
exhibition Mrs. F.N. Ismath and Janaka Mahabellana. Several other
well-wishers were also present on the occasion.
When asked by the Junior Observer, as to why the exhibition was
considered to be unique, the Teacher-in-Charge of the exhibition, Mrs.
Ismath pointed out it was so because of the concept; 90 per cent of the
children in this school are living in slums and shanties and they wanted
to show the others 'The reality' of the present day society.She
explained that the children expressed their feelings through pastel
Teacher Janaka Mahabellana said unlike the majority of children in
present day society, most of the children in this school have no proper
housing facilities or playgrounds. They use common bathrooms and some
parents are drug addicts and also engaged in various unlawful
activities. Yet, the children are striving to make a difference.
He thanked the students for conducting an exhibition of this nature.