Indefinite strike in N’ Eliya from today

* Docs protest against Thonda’s alleged threats



By Don Asoka Wijewardena 


More than 300 government doctors serving in the Nuwara Eliya District would launch an indefinite strike at 8.00 a.m. today. They claim Livestock and Community Development Minister Arumugam Thondaman has interfered with the work of Medical Officers of Health (MOHs) and even threatened one of them.


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) General Committee member Dr. Lasantha Gunadasa said yesterday that the GMOA had waited, until yesterday evening, for a positive response from Minister Thondaman who had been urged by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena to desist from such actions. But, as there had been no response doctors were compelled to take trade union action against what he called Minister Thondaman’s unacceptable action against Kotagala Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janak Abeygunawardena.


 The Minister is accused of having abused Dr. Abeygunawardena and asked him to leave Nuwara Eliya for a posting elsewhere. The MOH is reported to have earned the wrath of some traders in Kotagala for cracking down on their selling ‘threeposha’, which is given free to lactating mothers. The traders in turn is said to have sought the minister’s intervention to remove the MOH, according to doctors.


 GMOA Media Committee member Dr. Sidath Wijesekera said that doctors would not give in to rude politicians and the strike would go on as scheduled. He, however, said the emergency operations, admissions, deliveries and paediatric health services would not be affected by doctors’ trade union action.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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