Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says future plans for health sector will prioritize strengthening disease prevention and accordingly the services of Health Medical Officers and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) will be strengthened through providing additional facilities.
Speaking at 82nd Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors Union, held at Nelum Pokuna on Tuesday, the
President said while the government made a comprehensive investment to strengthen the treatment units by providing required physical and human resource, the funds allocated for prevention of diseases is not adequate.
He said it is essential to strengthen the sections which prevent diseases to build a healthy nation which is a main indicator of the country's development.
The President further said the public health inspectors are officers who are in a service admired by the people since they contribute an enormous service in prevention of diseases. They also play a leading role in disaster situations.
Expressing appreciation over the service of the PHIs who execute their duties even amidst insults and harassments by some people President Sirisena commended their service during the recent disasters and in the issue on garbage.
The President also presented awards to a group of retired public health inspectors. Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka and Dr. Rajitha Senaratne also participated in the occasion.