Veddah Chief Uruvarigelage Vanniyale Ettho said one must be cautious of his dietary habits and be a nature lover to live a healthy life. He said a recent survey conducted by the western and indigenous medical specialists had found that no-one in the Veddah community suffered from renal diseases or diabetes although many others in the Redeemaliyedda division were victims of such ailments.
He said people of Dambana, Henagigala, Ratugala, Pollabedda Veddah communities were subject to medical examinations and they were not suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure or renal ailments.
“The doctors inquired of me why the people in my community were healthy. I explained to them that we lived with the nature from our childhood and depended on forest resources. “One must be cautious against the evils of dietary habits if one wants to live a healthy life. Many food stuffs sold in the market are detrimental to health. It is better to prevent illnesses than seeking treatment,” He said. (Palitha Ariyawansa)