Hospitals ordered to serve only fresh milk


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Circulars ordering the use of fresh milk instead of powdered milk would be sent to all state-run hospitals by Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka with immediate effect along with circulars to all the organisations under the Health ministry to use fresh milk at all their functions such as workshops, media conferences and seminars.

Health Secretary had appointed two steering committees headed by Deputy Director General (public health) Dr. Sarath Amunugama and Deputy Director General Dr. A. Simbalagoda. These two steering committees would amend the existing Food Act to promote liquid milk, the GMOA said.

The Committee headed by DDG Dr. Sarath Amunugama would be responsible for amending the Food Act and preparing the legal provisions that would be incorporated in the Food Act. The committee headed by Dr. Simbalagoda would be responsible for conducting required propaganda campaigns and conducting awareness programmes to promote liquid milk.

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Media spokesman Dr. Navin de Soysa said that its high officials had met Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka the previous week regarding the submission of the ten proposals and their implementation. Health Ministry had taken positive measure to promote breast feeding. Regarding the other nine proposals, Health Secretary had agreed to implement them gradually, he added.

GMOA General Committee Member Dr. Nalinda Herath said that Health Secretary would instruct all hospitals to use fresh milk.

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