The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) todayclaimed that the Education Ministry has distributed among students text books printed on synthetic paper causing health hazards to children aged below 12.
GMOA Assistant Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference said the Education Ministry had printed more than 500,000 Geography text books at a cost of Rs.150 million for use by grade seven without considering the recommendations of the National Planning Department (NPD).
“We believe that more than 200,000 books may have been already issued to students,” he said.
Dr. Aluthge said Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had submitted a Cabinet paper but the NPD rejected the proposal.
“The Education Ministry has not conducted a field study on finance, technical, environmental and health before going ahead on the pilot project. NPD has said the books may cause health issues among students below the age of 12,” he said and added the chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic paper could cause shortage of breath, eye diseases and skin problems. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
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Comments - 30
Leo Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:04 AM
The GMOA is equal to a defeated piliticean. No one takes them seriously. Educated people who dug their own grave. via DM Android App
Dr Vu Ratnayake Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:25 AM
All allegations directed at various occasions are just baseless. I believe this textbook issue is also a such thing without any foundation. Please GMOA prove such health hazards likely to arie from this issue. Please be noted that all chemicals are poisonous if taken too much and for that matter any substance is a chemical. Salt, sugar, your paracetamol, prescribed drugs are all poisonous if taken too much. Please find uot the lethal dose and talk about it. Otherwise you will become another set of jokers. Normal public do not listen to these stories, well educated lok at these as jokes and please do not let GMOA pushed to th status of joker by declaring such statements.
citizen Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:43 AM
GMOA are already jokers who are also now illegal with rigged elections, their prez. charged for contempt of court. They wanted to bury SAITM using SLMC which misfired as SLMC cannot offer Act 16 to an MBBS that SLMC refuses to recognize. Fell into their own pit. Don't come out. Let SAITM complete their legal training in internship.
sanjaya Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:21 AM
If GMO says something it is always slanderous. Be it saline, milk poweder, cancer drugs, dengue drugs, indian expertise all false and accusatory. The far sighted politicians in their wisdom are doing their utmost to develop this country. GMO morons are there to obstruct every step.
JAN Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:29 AM
GMOA please perform your duty to poorest peoples to upgrade their sicknesses show us then we have faith on GMOA other than complaining to other peoples work via DM Android App
Uneducated Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:30 AM
Well, you can always go on strike on this matter!!!
Ajja Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:39 AM
Close the NPD creating unnecessary trouble.GMOA there are lot of things you owe for tax payers money,stop private practice during working hours and serve those poor people without creating other issues.
LP Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:55 AM
Dear Knowledgeable readers pl see the big picture otherwise our children has to suffer in future.
ran Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:09 AM
why now SAITEM is over Good start with Education ministry. via DM Android App
Paradox Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:10 AM
gmoa killers accusing other killers.
Ravi Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:32 AM
Prove the health issues with facts and figures with out coming out with statements just like the joint opposition.
Sena Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:36 AM
These comments show stupidity of Sri Lankans. Now they say Children are at health risk. Still people worship politicians. via DM Android App
RM Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:47 AM
GMOA why not get yourself registered as a political party in Sri Lanka.You might have a better opportunity in hoddwinking the people. via DM Android App
sobers Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:31 PM
Don't create unwanted issues, put your house in order. Develop and increase the standards in hospitals. I am sure your are a pawn of some anti government political party.
Shelly. Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:11 PM
Depends on the quality of syn.pp. GMOA should have got a quality report before accusing in public. via DM Android App
patriot Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:34 PM
Whats wrong with these guys. They are into all activities except looking after the sick.
Rondy Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:50 PM
Failed after attacking Health Minister on SAITM, now seem to be targeting Education minister who did not give popular schools to the children of Doctors
Raz Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:11 PM
started stinking again.When is the next strike and the demonstration by the so called gentlemen via DM Android App
Kadiya Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:14 PM
What a farce! Do they show any concern at the sick little children and their mothers wasting their time at hospitals and clinics during GMOA strikes?
Steve Wednesday, 14 June 2017 01:30 PM
These lunatics are allergic to synthetic.
mohamed Wednesday, 14 June 2017 01:34 PM
GMOA do not send your children to govt. school because they are using synthetic paper causing health hazards to children so one of your demand is solved.
SL Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:24 PM
Gvt shall publish a third party report on materials used including printing ingredient .Almost all the paints from China has hazardous lead ,recycled plastic of course has many hazardous materials and are lethal for kids. Gvt is spending billions on unwanted ,un- occupied buildings while trying to save a penny from school text books.remember we've already destroyed their environment and polluted the beautiful country exposing them to vulnerable health hazards.
SL Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:26 PM
that's why ma'am they says that the've not done a field study.look at the European standars and how do they protects the kids from all these synthetic stuffs.remember PM and Akila has no ..(i do not wanna tell you )
kapila Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:18 PM
Education minister showed true picture of GMOA to the country. Now GMOA try to attack education minister in retaliation. via DM Android App
Godaya Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:49 PM
I don't condone GMOA mafia.However, in cases like this, we don't have independent watchdogs who look after consumer protection. And strong enough to resist political and business pressure.GMOA is fulfilling that role.Helpless SL consumer is indebted to them in this regard.
iemerald Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:01 PM
he forgot to mention that some action of the gmoa is detrimental to the health and well-being of a lot of people including children.what a hypocrite.
mani Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:18 PM
is it trade union or political party?
BV Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:34 PM
Trying your very best to upset the public.Sorry GMOA you have lost your credibility.We have no faith in what you say.Thanks.
Selvyn Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:04 PM
Hello you can never achieve anything from what you do. The more you speak the more you are disgraced. Just shut up via DM Android App
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