GMOA to pursue four main issues


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) at its General Committee Meeting yesterday (24) decided to pursue four main issues.

GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya told The Island that the annual transfer lists of doctors and consultants to be in effect from 2015 was being prepared and the GMOA was confident that it would be ready soon. The second issue was the training of toxicologists by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM).

Dr. Padeniya said due to a shortage of toxicologists in Sri Lanka, foreign expertise had to be sought when the DCD in milk food and harmful substances in agrochemicals were found. The services of toxicologists were absolutely essential to trace harmful substances in food items and fertiliser. The GMOA decided to discuss the issue with Health Secretary and then with PGIM Director Prof. Janaka de Silva.

Thirdly, the present Food and Drug Authority left much to be desired. It was 33-years-old and no amendments had been made to it, Dr Padeniya said.

Only a few Directors were there at the FDA, and it had not been doing any important work for a long time.

The attractive advertisements on TV for fast food had persuaded people to consume them and be affected by non-communicable diseases, Dr. Padeniya said.

He said that the GMOA had also decided to bring to the notice of Minister Maithripala Sirisena the importance of amending the Food and Drug Authority Act to make it cater to the present-day needs. It included granting more powers to the PHIs and Food and Drug Inspectors to conduct more raids on food outlets.

The fourth issue to be pursued, according to the GMOA President was the establishment of a Consultants’ Registry.

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