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Docs launch indefinite strike tomorrow

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will resort to a continuous trade union action from Wednesday (05), demanding government intervention to resolve the SAITIM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine) issue.   GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge said that President Maithripala Sirisena’s efforts to resolve the issue had come …

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Troops to tackle dengue crisis

The government deployed hundreds of soldiers to destroy mosquito breeding grounds as the country battles the spread of deadly dengue fever that has killed a record 215 people this year, officials said Sunday. Humid monsoon weather, stagnant water from recent flooding, as well as mounting piles of rotting garbage accumulating …

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SAITM issue could have lasting impact on medical education- FUTA

The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) yesterday warned that issues involving the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) would have a lasting impact on medical education in State universities, leading to a delay in the conduct of degree courses. FUTA Additional Secretary Dr. Athulasiri Samarakoon said that many …

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Doctors warn of rat fever during rainy season

Medical officers have warned of the possible spread of rat fever in the Hambantota district with the onset of the rainy season.   The farming community in particular has been cautioned to be vigilant about this deadly disease. Farmers who work in paddy fields, children who play in abandoned fields, …

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GMOA central committee to convene today

A special meeting among the central committee of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) likely to be held today in order  to discuss the future course of actions regarding the SAITM issue. Media Spokesperson of the GMOA, Dr. Samantha Ananda said that they would not hesitate to launch another continuous strike. He …

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Proposal to bring foreign doctors before Cabinet

The government said yesterday that no decision had been taken to bring foreign medical practitioners to meet a shortage of medical officers here. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, fielding questions at the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing at the Information Department, said there was a proposal to bring foreign doctors as the …

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State doctors’ union insists on abolishing SAITM

The state doctors’ union, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) says the government has no choice but to either abolish the private medical college South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) or nationalize it. Expressing displeasure in the President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement released through the Presidential secretariat yesterday, the …

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Charges for dengue laboratory tests revised island wide

Measures have been taken to revise the charges on the diagnostic laboratory testing of dengue island wide, a government health official said. According to the Secretary of Private Hospital Regulatory Commission Dr. Kanthi Ariyaratne, the amendments are now being implemented all over the island to regulate the charges, state run …

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Another Dengue eradication program as disease spreads

The government launched a common Dengue eradication program yesterday on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena as health authorities battle to contain the spread of the mosquito-borne disease which has taken lives of over 200 people already in the first six months of the year. The common Dengue eradication program, …

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GMOA suspends the strike

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) says that they have decided to call off the island-wide strike action with immediate effect following discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya stated that a decision was taken to end the strike action after representatives of the association met with …

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