Health Minister tells docs, nurses to be kind



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About 1,998 nurses were given diploma certificates by the Health Ministry at the Sugathadasa indoor auditorium recently. Health Secretary Dr. Nihala Jayathilaka, Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala and UGC Chairman Prof. Kshanika. Hirimburegama were also present. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena speaking with a nurse.


By Don Asoka Wijewardena


Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that some doctors and nurses serving in hospitals were rather rude to patients. It was the duty of health care givers to be considerate towards the sick.


The Minister said he had heard on many occasions that some patients discharged from hospitals never spoke of the services provided by the doctors, nurses and other medical staff, because they were not well-disposed towards them. The image of the professions was tarnished, he said at the diploma certificate handing over ceremony to 1998 newly passed out nurses at the Sugathadasa Indoor Auditorium recently.


Some nurses did not follow the guidelines set by their founder and drew a great deal of criticism. Sri Lanka had around 21 million population. About 110,000 people were employed in the health sector. Likewise around 2 million people were employed in the private health sector, said the Minister.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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