In a recent event in Kandy Sri Lanka s President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed the governments plan to ban Asbestos in Sri Lanka by 2018.
According to the World Health Organization all types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs). Currently about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace. In 2004, asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis from occupational exposures resulted in 107,000 deaths and 1,523,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). In addition, several thousands of deaths can be attributed to other asbestos-related diseases, as well as to nonoccupational exposures to asbestos.
President Sirisena emphasized that the present government will not encourage the people who import things into the country that can be produced locally and added that the Government will take every possible step to strengthen the local industries through a clear national policy.