Divisional Secretariat used for promotion of imported milk powder, says GMOA

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday complained that a foreign milk food company had promoted its products at the Biyagama Divisional Secretariat and near the Kalagedihena MOH office.

GMOA General Committee Member Dr. Nalinda Herath said that the company representatives had displayed posters of their products to mothers in a bid to persuade them to buy their products. Some company representatives had also asked some Medical officers of Health to allow them to hold sales promotion campaigns at their offices.

Dr. Herath said that though the ban on milk products had been lifted the GMOA had put forward ten proposals to the Director General of Health Services for approval and to prepare legislation to promote liquid milk instead of powdered milk.

The GMOA would seek an appointment with Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka to discuss the ten proposals, he said, adding that out of the ten proposals a few had been implemented by the Health Ministry.

Dr. Herath said the GMOA was opposed to imported milk powder being promoted in Sri Lanka.

When contacted, Fonterra Human Resources Manager Roshan Kulasuriya said that it was the responsibility of the company to promote its products. On World Children’s Day, the company had held many sales promotion campaigns country-wide to promote its products. The products manufactured by the company were of high quality and the company had been purchasing 30,000 litres of fresh milk per day to produce fresh milk and yoghurt, he said.

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