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Jaffna medics urged to serve at least one year in the district.

Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva urged the Jaffna university final year medical graduates to get permission from the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) to serve at least one year in the Jaffna district hospitals after they pass out.

During the Minister’s recent visit to Jaffna, provincial health authorities and hospital directors have pointed out that the Jaffna district has been experiencing a severe dearth of doctors,the Health Ministry said.

A Ministry spokesman pointed out that to resolve this issue, Minister de Silva had,nearly a year ago, suggested that doctors passing out of the Jaffna university must serve in the Jaffna district hospitals at least for one year.His suggestion, however, could not be implemented because the GMOA and some medical associations openly accused the Minister of trying to deprive the rights of doctors.

When The Island contacted the Healthcare Minister, he said that had his suggestion been implemented the district’s health services would have functioned smoothly.

He suggested that the WHO prepare a report on "Brain Drain" affecting the third world countries because this is on the increase. Doctors in the third world countries who migrated to Western countries for higher studies had failed to return to their home countries. The medical abilities of third world country doctors were being exploited by Western countries, he said.

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