Sept 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says certain trade unions are working according to a political agenda and not paying attention to resolve the trade union related issues.
Speaking at a sports festival organized by the Government Nursing Officers Association yesterday (23) at the Nuwara Eliya Race Course grounds, the Minister said these trade unions are not fulfilling their responsibilities to the workers they represent.
Describing the measures taken by the government to uplift the health sector, the Minister said the government has launched a proper program and the under this program a nursing faculty with a capacity to train 2000 nurses will be established. He said the government will spend Rs. 14.5 billion for this purpose and also will establish four more nursing schools.
The Minister said the government aims to create a quality nursing service as there is a good demand for nurses from foreign countries. However, the nursing service must be brought to the international standards, the Minister noted.
Minister Senaratne said he has decided to develop estate hospitals in the plantation areas and elsewhere. He explained that by increasing facilities at estate hospitals, congestion at the city hospitals can be minimized.
The Minister said to develop the estate hospitals, the government has taken measures to acquire hospitals belonging to plantation companies in the estates.
He noted that there are 14 estate hospitals in Kalutara district and they are also being developed.
State Minister of Education V. Radhakrishnan, Central Province Minister MM Ramesh, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health Janaka Sri Chandragupta, President of the Government Nursing Union Saman Ratnapriya and a large number of nurses participated in the event.