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GMOA replies nurses



By Dilanthi Jayamanne


The Government Medical Officers’ Association yesterday responding to allegations leveled by the Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) said that MOH officers were not on strike but they were unable to provide services owing to the strike launched by midwives.


 GMOA Spokesman Dr. Naveen de Soysa said that Medical Officers of Health could not function without the services rendered by the midwives. They were the ones who maintained records of pregnant and lactating mothers and knew the ones who were high risk, provided them with advice and did vaccinations of infants and children below the age of five and maintained records of all those attending the MOH clinics. "They provide all health care services under the guidance of the MOH," he said.


 None of the MOHs had prevented other services at the MOH offices being carried out. However, the strike launched by the Public Health Midwives (PHM) had had a major impact on MOH offices, he said. 


The GNOA urged the Health Ministry to provide an alternative to mothers and children attending MOH clinics. President of the GNOA, Saman Ratnapriya alleged that there was an underhand effort to divert mothers and children attending community mother and child care clinics to the private sector institutions. There were 2,000 PHIs and approximately 400 Public Health Sisters attached to MOH offices and with their assistance the services in Maternal and Child health care clinics could be maintained.


Ratnapriya alleged that Medical Officers of Health had prevented clinics being conducted while mothers and children were forced to seek the required attention from the private sector.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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