GMOA to issue eight proposals to boost public health



By Don Asoka Wijewardena


The insulin intolerance level in children adults in Sri Lanka has gone up to 11 per cent, according to the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), which has decided to present eight proposals, on food safety and the Health Ministry’s role, to President Mahinda Rajapaksa soon.


GMOA president Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday told The Island that the eight proposals were of crucial importance. It would be the responsibility of the Health Ministry to implement the proposals without delay following the approval of the President, he added.


The first proposal is to promote liquid milk in the country instead of powdered milk. It is the duty of the government to encourage village level dairy farmers to produce more milk


They should be given credit facilities to purchase more milch cows and fodder and farmers’ societies at village levels should also be encouraged to produce liquid milk.


The second proposal is to introduce strong regulations on food safety. The Health Ministry should have state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to test any kind of food entering the market. At the moment the Ministry does not have such lab facilities.


The third proposal is for the health ministry to train more doctors on toxicology to identify toxins in various food items entering the market. Lack of trained toxicologists in the Ministry has caused many problems.


The fourth proposal is to install state-of-the-art medical lab facilities to conduct advanced tests on food items.


The fifth proposal is for the health ministry to train and appoint an adequate number of nutritionists to hospitals. Awareness programmes to enhance nutrition should be conducted to educate the people, he said.


The sixth proposal is to expand the National Food and Drug Authority. Currently the Director General of Health Services is the head of the National Food and Drug Authority. A separate unit under consultant nutritionists and food and drug inspectors should be established with more powers,


The seventh proposal is to take tangible action to save the lives of people, including children from contracting non communicable diseases. People in many parts of the country are liable to kidney diseases, cancers, diabetes and hypertension.


The eighth proposal is to introduce legislation to prevent the promotion of breast milk substitutes as breast milk is without any substitutes.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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