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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

May sanity prevail!

By S.H.Moulana

Our country is facing a critical situation now with the spread of the suspected H1N1 flu virus or known as swine flu.

It was called swine flu because in the past, people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. That has changed several years ago, when a new virus emerged that spread among people who hadn’t been near pigs.

In 2009, H1N1 was spreading fast around the world, so the World Health Organization called it pandemic.

Since then, people have continued to get sick from this dreaded flu. It is said that it can lead to more serious problems like pneumonia, lung infection and other breathing problems. And it can make an illness like diabetes or asthma worse.
The general symptoms are supposed to be cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, body ache, headache and chills.

We are concerned to note the media report on the closure of all facilities of the Peradeniya University as a result of a fever spreading in the area.

It is also frightening to think about the adverse- affect the flu fear will cause to tourism.

Few countries have already urged their nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka as H1N1 reportedly spreading throughout the central province, a favorite tourist spot.

Like adding fuel to fire our learned doctors have chosen this critical time to keep away from attending to sick patients when their services are most needed.

I think it is most appropriate to recall what the former prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz, a doctor herself had to say, she said “I am a doctor – it’s a profession that may be considered a special mission, a devotion, it calls for involvement, respect and willingness to help all other people.”

What we want to stress here to our own doctors is that we don’t want the striking people of this noble profession to live their rest of the life with the guilt of patients’ death, if there were to be any, due to this strike.

- Asian Tribune -

May sanity prevail!
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