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An elephant sprays water over itself ahead of the annual Perahera festival of the historic Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo on February 18, 2019. Some 50 elephants, most of them from the central area of Kandy along with thousands of traditional drummers, dancers, and monks have gathered in the Sri Lankan capital to participate in the city’s biggest two-day annual Buddhist Navam procession, scheduled for February 18-19. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

GMOA urges President

to take over Health


The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), yesterday, asked President Maithripala Sirisena to take over the Ministry of Health immediately.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that if Minister Rajitha Senaratne continued to be in charge of health the life of millions of Sri Lankans would be in danger. "We will also make this request formally in the coming days and we expect to meet the President soon to discuss the matter," Dr. Aluthge said.

Aluthge said that Senaratne faced a number of serious allegations that included irregularities in the purchase of drugs, appointing a number of unqualified doctors from foreign universities and disregarding procedures of the health sector.



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