Sirisena emphasizes the heavy burden placed on docs.

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that a human beings had to shoulder heavy responsibilities towards their fellow beings and those who took to medicine for a worthy cause could be regarded as gods on earth.

He said the Medical profession was a noble one which was aimed at curing the sick and therefore the duties of any doctor should not be confined to a building. Some doctors had been serving in their hospitals with a sense of responsibility and dedication, he said adding that they should try to win the hearts of everyone to develop the hospitals they served in.

He was speaking at the handing over of appointment letters to 89 newly passed out dentists, at National Blood Centre, Narahenpita on September 27.

Minister Sirisena said that some doctors had become respondents in Court cases. Such incidents would tarnish the image of the medical profession. Although a majority of doctors were working with dedication, if one doctor was found guilty of medical negligence or malpractice, the prestige of the entire profession would erode, he said adding that it was extremely important to maintain the quality of the profession at all times.

Some doctors went to remote areas on transfers, but the same doctors would return to Colombo after a few months. What they wanted were basic facilities, he said adding that the government had allocated Rs.125 billion to the health sector. The doctors, nurses and the pharmacists who were serving the hospitals in Sri Lanka were not second to any medical experts in the advanced countries, because the government had trained them with the new vistas of the medical profession, he said.

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