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* Government doctors declare health emergency in Sri Lanka due to shortage of essential medicines
Tue, Apr 5, 2022, 10:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 05, Colombo: The health sector union of government doctors, Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) to ensure the right to life has declared a health emergency in the country due to shortage of essential medicines and demanded the government to lift the state of Emergency declared by the President.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today convened an Emergency Central Committee meeting to discuss the burning issues in the country and take suitable decisions to resolve the problems in the health sector.

The GMOA noted that in the face of the current poor economic and financial management in the country, the health sector is in a state of disarray due to severe shortage of medicines and equipment and convened the meeting to discuss many issues including the breakdown of the health sector due to problems such as power cuts and fuel shortages and the state of emergency imposed by the government in the face of public opposition.

At the meeting, GMOA branch leaders stated that there is a severe shortage of essential medicines and other medical equipment in all hospitals and health care facilities island wide and that the maintenance of daily essential patient care in hospitals has become extremely difficult due to power cuts and severe fuel shortages.

The Ministry of Health and the Government have failed to make plans to prevent the imminent collapse of the health service as the free health service maintained by the people’s tax money is not considered as a priority of the country, the GMOA said in a statement issued following the Central Committee meeting.

“Ensuring the right of the people to life and health is an inalienable responsibility of a government. But the present government and the Ministry of Health have so far failed to uphold that fundamental right,” the GMOA said.

Despite the predictions regarding this crisis, which is particularly threatening to the lives of the public, the failure of the Ministry of Health to prepare the necessary pre-plans is a serious omission.

Although the government has declared the health service as an essential service with the ulterior motive of suppressing trade union rights, today the government and the Ministry of Health, including the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, have failed to provide even the basic essential medicines, equipment and facilities required to maintain those essential services. Indicating their inefficiency and inability.

It is the sole responsibility of the Government and the Ministry of Health to provide the medicines and equipment required to maintain the general patient care services. But in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the poor financial management of the government, the maintenance of patient care services is now in dire straits.

Due to this a state of emergency has arisen in the country.

Accordingly, the Central Committee of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) decided to declare a state of health emergency in the country due to the government’s failure to ensure the right to life of the people in the face of poor financial management.

Accordingly, it was decided to set up committees at the hospital level to determine the procedures to well-manage and use the limited drugs and equipment available in the hospital system prioritizing emergency and urgent treatment.

GMOA branches across the country will also take steps to make the public aware of this emergency health disaster created by poor financial management. Committees consisting of religious leaders, trade unions and civilians will be formed to organize public awareness campaigns and leaflet distribution at branch level.

Branch Associations will also convene local media briefings to raise public awareness of the shortage of drugs at the hospital level.

GMOA also decided to take stern action against the government if it fails to secure the necessary funding and financial support to maintain the health service.

The Central Committee of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has observed that politicians are trying to protect themselves by imposing a state of emergency in the face of growing public opposition.

The government is violating the right of the people to express their views as well as the right to protest within the framework of democracy and GMOA strongly object to this and decided to demand the government to immediately lift the emergency regulations.

It was also reaffirmed that the entire membership of the Government Medical Officers’ Association is ready to stand up for the right to life of the public by providing the necessary health services in the event of any potential health disaster in the country.


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