July 14, Colombo: The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, said immediate measures will be taken to provide the clinical training to Allied Health Sciences students of Peradeniya University at the Kandy General Hospital and the Peradeniya Teaching Hospitals.
The Minister made this statement after meeting with representatives of the Allied Health Science Students yesterday. The Allied Health Science Students staged a protest (13) in front of Kandy General Hospital and the Minister of Health asked five students to come to discuss the matter.
The Minister said when he presented the proposal for a degree in nursing and paramedic services in 2002 some associations protested. "However, I always support this program. Those who opposed it are now willing to do so.," he said.
Therefore, the final discussion will be held next week with the participation of the Government Medical Officers' Association and Allied Health Sciences students to resolve the problem, the Minister said.
He said the director of the Kandy General Hospital Director has expressed his willingness to provide other wards except the Kandy General Hospital wards for the training. Medical wards training will being given at the Peradeniya Hospital, the health Minister said.