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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

Lankan Health Minister welcomes all international assistance for IDPs

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 March, ( Sri Healthcare and Nutrition  Minister  Nimal Siripala De SilvaHealthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De SilvaLankan Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva , yesterday thanked the Indian Government for all the assistance provided to Government in providing a mobile hospital at Pulmuddai for Internally Displaced Persons and said that the Government welcomed all assistance from all countries at this critical juncture.

The Minister also said that assistance was pouring from Switzerland, Arabia, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.

The Health and Nutrition Minister was addressing a joint post- event new conference with his Cabinet colleague Rohitha Bogollagama following the conclusion of the ECOSOC Regional Ministerial Meeting at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel this afternoon. There was also WHO’s Asaoa Baaf and UNDESA’s Thomas Steltzer.

He said that the Government had sent 52 Indian doctors to the North while there had been a total of 358 local doctors who have already been sent. A total of 600 nurses will also be sent soon, he said.

He said that he had pledged the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation that the disbursements for health will not be reduced in the light of the current global crisis and stressed the need for immunization programs such as Polio and Malaria.

He also said that the governments hospitals at Trincomalee, Padaviya, Mannar Vavuniya, Batticaloa and Kanthalai have been upgraded with the facilities were acceptable to the wounded IDPs.

Responding to an allegation that the Indian doctors were not yet registered with the Sri Lankan Medical Council, the Minister said that the baseless allegations came from the JVP and they had to come out with some criticism as they were totally rejected at the recent Provincial Council polls and that the JVP was never satisfied without any criticisms and allegations.

The Minister also assured that all the Indian Doctors have now been registered with the SLMC.

Why should we be having problems in registering Indian Doctors when we import a majority of the pharmaceuticals from India, he queried.

- Asian Tribune -

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