Info on poison on Facebook and Twitter - NHSL
The Toxicology Poisons Unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL)
will disseminate information on poisons and toxins using the two most
popular social media tools - Facebook and Twitter.
"Upto now we were using the traditional methods of the print and
electronic media to pass information on poison to the public.
These methods are now outdated. We need to move forward by using the
latest technology to reach a wider public, especially the e-generation",
Head of the Toxicology Unit, NHSL, Dr Waruna Gunathilake told the Sunday
He said the service had been unofficially launched early this week,
as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. "We are now updating it
daily with the latest information from abroad and look forward to a good
"Using Facebook and Twitter will help cross borders and be part of a
global and regional sharing of knowledge and information on a very
important subject, as the number of cases on poisoning is increasing
worldwide and in Sri Lanka. We are now confident that we can give better
and updated information on poison to a wider audience", he said.
The National Poisons Unit is the oldest in South Asia. It currently
functions as a Database on chemicals, pesticides and drugs used in Sri
Lanka, on poisonous plants, venomous snakes and other poisonous
creatures in the island and works in collaboration with the relevant
line ministries. It also provides patient management advice to doctors
and other health workers.
The public can access the new service directly - NHSL 269111.