GMOA writes to Prez against circular on quarantining of high risk persons

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The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has raised concerns to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding a circular issued by Director General of Health Services, on quarantining of high risk individuals. In a letter to the President, the GMOA said the circular had been issued without reaching consensus of relevant stakeholders. According to the above circular, "There is no Need for quarantining any person who has travelled out of the residing district or returning home from another district. This include those who have travelled to districts identified as high risk for COVID-19" "At the moment, above group of people are quarantined by the Public Health Staff at Provincial /District and Division levels, in order to prevent possible outbreaks within low risk areas," it said. "Our membership and other Public Health staff are deeply disturbed by this sudden unilateral decision and they have informed us about the possibility of adverse consequences," it added. "We as the GMOA has already forwarded proposals on an exit strategy consisting of development of criteria to define Sterile, Buffer and contaminated zones and a governance structure for movements within each and every zone, as well as for crossing of borders," it said. They requested the President to take appropriate interventions with regard to the circular, in order to avoid potential disruption of above exit strategy and resulting disastrous consequences.

  Comments - 23

  • Citizen Friday, 10 April 2020 06:38 AM

    GMOA again has become a spanner in the works. Keep out and let authorities handle it. You are a union.

    Daya Friday, 10 April 2020 03:58 PM

    Yes, speak when you are spoken to. If all unions with no suitable qualifications get to give instructions to Govt, it becomes "kandahaliya' of somebody.

    De Silva Friday, 10 April 2020 07:13 AM

    In Britain nearly 800 people died in the last 24 hours. All these are happening because the DOCTORS have no answers. The only experts are the proper SCIENTISTS, let us hope these genuine intellectual heroes find the vaccine soon. GMOA, just shut up, and get lost.

    Dee Friday, 10 April 2020 07:18 AM

    Please back off. Forces will handle the situation!

    Dr No Friday, 10 April 2020 07:19 AM

    Dogs started barking without doing their jobs. Because of this behavior the majority of others dedicated work will be looked down.

    Ranjith Friday, 10 April 2020 07:34 AM

    Do we have a such a crisis due to corona virus why is GMOA making a big noise they dont have any other work actions have been taken closing airports , locking down the country, curfew and crossing borders etc very similar to action taken by other countries we have to strike balance needs of the other people is also important their income , security of employment and most importantly the economy .

    Best Friday, 10 April 2020 08:23 AM

    Absolutely true ,it is our strict measures from the outset that curtailed the spread of the virus.now, with the hard-earned results there will be 101 expert's.and advicers who never had experience on ground realities and behaviour of our people will be in forefront.

    Premalal. Perera Friday, 10 April 2020 08:31 AM

    Knee jerk reactions to complex problems will only exasapate the problem. A case in point is the operation of economic centres such as Dambulla. When allowed to open the buyers are not allowed to travel so their produce go to waste. The real catastrophe stemming from this is when the farmers decide or forced to abandon farming altogether. Giving money to people would not matter because there will be nothing to buy.

    Go Friday, 10 April 2020 09:09 AM

    GMOA, Please let the Government make decisions without dictating terms to them. Your job is treating the sick - don't get involved in outside matters.

    Sokrates Friday, 10 April 2020 09:25 AM

    You have even not one single expert in your organization who can give an advice to the government. No Virologist, no Epidemiologist and no Infektiologist. Your organisation is a lousy union of selfish opportunists.

    samson Friday, 10 April 2020 09:31 AM

    Govt must take advice from DGHS and other specialists and not necessarily from trade unions.

    Scooby Doo Friday, 10 April 2020 09:57 AM

    I kindly request the medias to stop giving coverage to the trade unions. All what they want to do is to dominate.

    True Sri lankan Friday, 10 April 2020 12:47 PM

    Half qualified ninconpoops who entered university thanks to Z scores now trying to be experts !! People have not forgotten how they killed innocent patients during strike action for duty free permits !!

    Mohamed Ghouse Friday, 10 April 2020 01:22 PM

    Would appreciate if the GMOA could also include making appeal to the President to permit burial of Corona victims as allowed by the WHO in almost all countries

    Mohanan Friday, 10 April 2020 01:46 PM

    Better to err on the side of caution. I support the GMOA's view.

    Leo Friday, 10 April 2020 03:13 PM

    There are 3 things that helped contain this situation. 1) World's best tri forces. 2) A president that just loves taking up challenges. 3) A doctor union that actually care about national issues. I have seen unions in other countries and they are just interested in their own benefits.

    George Harry Friday, 10 April 2020 03:30 PM

    CoViD-19 seems an American strategy to cripple the economy of CHINA whereby target the universe which right now has been fast developing due to china's participation entitled one-road-one-belt and etc. So, medical staff should not be panicked.

    Charles J Friday, 10 April 2020 03:33 PM

    GMOA member are Doctors , but they don’t have experience in managing any kind of nation wide issues such as the covid 19 , we need to get the expert microbiologist and the infection control Unites opinion! We have many consultants who can help the nation , unfortunately the qualified people keep of as soon as they here the GMOA name. It’s better for the GMOA to take a backseats and Allow the real scientist to run the covid 19 control program ! GMOAs Can look in to other issues During the lockdown and wellbeing of the following patients 1) child epilepsy ,2) CKD , 3) stroke patients ,4) cancer , 5) physiology , Parkinson. Sine the patients can’t travel to the clinic !!

    Sam Friday, 10 April 2020 03:34 PM

    GMOA will make a fortune when the curfew lifts, most people will be suffering for severe malnutrition and be in need of medical attention.

    chandra Friday, 10 April 2020 03:47 PM

    By using very few TV channels this union is always barking barking barking only.

    Kumara Friday, 10 April 2020 03:59 PM

    Trade unions are not an alient thing. It also exists in this real ground. Keep the good work done ..pls don't promote indigenous medicine in the name of a tree union..

    Tania P Friday, 10 April 2020 07:00 PM

    We have seen GMOA's colours and how archaic their views are during the last few years. Like someone said, they are just a union. Let the experts do their jobs. If you want to help, go treat the sick.

    Bandula Jayaratne Tuesday, 14 April 2020 03:04 PM

    GMOA is an doctors union it is better for the scientists and the Govt manage the policies as none of the doctors are specialists on this endemic


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