GMOA asks govt. to train security forces personnel in nursing


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday said that the GMOA had decided to request Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to train police, army, air force and navy personnel on nursing to make use of their services in case of any emergency situation.

Although the Public Service United Nurses Union (PSUNU) had launched a countrywide strike in almost all state-run hospitals, the doctors attached to the GMOA had been able to treat patients with the help of minor hospital staff, he said at a media conference held at GMOA head office.

He pointed out that the technical committee appointed by the Health Ministry to find out whether nurses could be trained in midwifery had concluded that the midwives were legally responsible for deliveries at labour rooms.

The committee consisted of College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology President Dr. Kapila Gunawardena, Prof. Hemantha Perera and Dr. Kaniska Karunartne, Even the Sri Lanka Medical Ordinance section No 54 confirmed that midwives could not be replaced by the nurses at deliveries.

The technical committee had pointed out that Sri Lanka’s maternal and infant mortality rate had placed the country 66th in the whole world. The maternal mortality rate in the country 27.5 for 100,000 mothers. The principal aim of the technical committee was to bring the mortality rate down to zero in the near future, Dr. Padeniya added.

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