GMOA confident its proposals included in tomorrow’s budget


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday said that twelve proposals it had made to the government had been included in the budget to be presented tomorrow.

Dr. Padeniya said the proposals submitted would pave the way for a sustainable health care system if systematically implemented. The proposals submitted are: Initiating a mechanism to combat the onslaught of Non Communicable Diseases in a cost-effective manner as the current approach to prevent NCDs were ad-hoc;  initiating a methodical approach to achieve sustainability in the health sector in health financing; Amending the existing Food and Drug Act as the current Act was 34-years-old; Establishing more effective preventive medicine system as the present system to prevent diseases was ineffective; introducing a policy decision to attract and retain Sri Lankan professionals; Encouraging Sri Lankan Research scientists to conduct more research work on various fields; Enhancing personal attributes of professionals by training them in effective communication systems both vertically and horizontally and preventing the spread of Chronic Kidney Disease by banning toxic agrochemicals and reverting to traditional farming methods.

Dr. Padeniya added that those proposals would definitely improve the quality of the health sector to a great extent.

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