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Sri Lanka has reached a point to ascertain what is the best test, because viruses can behave differently and they can adapt to new conditions and are immune to antibiotics and new remedies. This was noted by Dr Anil Samaranayake, Director, Medical Research Institute (MRI), Ministry of Health who stressed the vital importance of laboratory tests that contribute to human survival. He made a presentation at the media briefing held last week in Colombo to promote Thailand/Lab 2012 – 2nd Exhibition and Conference on laboratory, scientific equipment and technology to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 26 to 28 September.
Dr Samaranayake said that they have a long association with the Thailand laboratory facilities and with the Science and Technology Trade Association (STTA) of that country. He said that these micros have sometimes become smarter than the human brain, as if they work in advance and the labs now have to work relentlessly – a hard battle, sometimes a losing battle.
He said that in any outbreak they would carry out investigations collecting samples from the entire country and are maintaining highest quality standards. He said that lab tests ensure the accuracy of the performed investigations to enable them to make early detections. He said that health care has undergone various changes with the modern technological advancements, and external economic pressure. In the recent past, new diagnosis techniques and lab tests have now been introduced, resulting in most diseases getting detected.
Dr Samaranayake said that scientists have enlightened the public on the alarming facts with regard to the behaviour of viruses and bacteria. He said that with all their hard battles, there are instances that they still have not been able to contain certain infections and said that they are waging a losing battle in fighting with certain infections.
He said that there are newly identified infectious agents. He added that though tuberculosis (TB) was contained, it is now becoming a problem. He said that there are emerging and re-emerging infections. Teerayuth Leelakajornkij, Business Unit Director, VNU Exhibitions Asia/Pacific Co Ltd said that they wished to invite Sri Lanka to participate Thailand Lab 2012 that would exhibit laboratory innovations in Asia. He said they they also wished to promote relationships between Sri |Lanka and Thailand which would enable them to share the growth of the industry together.
He said that this would be a good platform for trade opportunity and knowledge sharing between the two countries. There would be exhibitors from many countries including Britain, Japan, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
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