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GMOA submits proposals to the President to control dengue epidemic

Sri Lanka state doctors’ union, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has handed over ten proposals to President Maithripala Sirisena for the control of the Dengue epidemic. The GMOA says the proposals would be important in sorting out the issues surrounding the control of dengue epidemic. GMOA Media Secretary Dr. …

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GMOA fully backs dengue control programme

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday extended its fullest support for the dengue control programme in the country.   In a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena signed by the Union’s President and Secretary Dr. Anurudddha Padeniya and Dr. Haritha Aluthge, the GMOA pledged to assist the government in its …

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225 deaths due to Dengue

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst-ever dengue outbreak, with the mosquito borne virus killing 225 people and infecting more than 76,000 this year. Alarmed by the magnitude of the crisis, the government deployed 400 soldiers and police officers on Tuesday to clear away rotting garbage, stagnant water pools and other …

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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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