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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 102

Lankan Human Rights Minister nails canard on medical supplies to the IDPs

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Colombo, 19 March, ( Minister of HumanHuman Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda SamarasingheHuman Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe nailed a canard by destructive elements which alleged that 300 patients who were Internally Displaced Persons had died in hospitals due to the lack of drugs in hospitals.

The Minister told a news conference that a letter which was allegedly sent by the Director of Health Services in Mullativu Dr Vartharajah which claimed that 300 civilians had died which had been widely circulated in the local media was a damp squib.

The Minister said that the letter itself was questionable as the letterheads did not even have an address or the phone numbers and with one letter head being in English and the other trilingual the latter one having a serious grammar mistake in its Sinhala version which suggested that the letterheads were not those of the Government or the Health Department and that the Director’s signature on the letterhead was also impersonated!

Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona quipped: "There could be mistakes on letterheads but not ones as serious as those!" raising cascades of laughter from the media. The two letters with the different content on the masthead was also circulated at the media briefing!

However, Deputy Director of Health Services Dr Wimal Jayantha assured that all required medicines numbering 52 ranging from anti- biotics and other essentials were sent to the Northern areas and that there was no shortage of drugs where the IDPs were.

Minister Samarasinghe also noted that there were 47,241 civilians who had already arrived in the liberated areas to date and the number which had arrived today was 1277. There have been a total of 1265 tonnes of essentials also supplied to the IDPs he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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