Docs expect action to fight kidney disease

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) National Issue Committee member Dr. Chinthaka Wijewardena yesterday said that the new President Maithripala Sirisena would focus his attention on taking action to prevent the alarming spread of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in many parts of the country.

Dr. Wijewardena pointed out that the previous government had been hesitant to ban the sale and distribution of deadly agrochemicals, which had devastated many water sources. As a result most farmers had contracted CKD due to using the toxic-contaminated water. But, various research teams had met the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to have those agrochemicals banned.

Although the former President had ordered a ban on some agrochemicals, no action had been taken by the Pesticide Technical Advisory Committee so far. For, certain officials attached to the agrochemical importing companies with the assistance of plantation owners had met the former President and painted a different picture of the issue. "They convinced the former President that if those chemicals were banned, then the country’s economy would collapse," he said.

Dr. Wijewardena said that the GMOA National Issue Committee was positive that the new President would take appropriate action to address the CKD problem.

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