Speaking on the incident where an Indian national had been diagnosed with malaria in Nuwara Eliya, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today warned the public to be cautious, if there were Indian nationals nearby because saying India was one of countries with worst epidemic diseases.
The GMOA doctors said in the wake of the country being prepared to gain Malaria-free certification from World Health Organization (WHO) with a zero number of local cases of Malaria since October 2012, the health authorities should stay vigilant to make no room for the epidemic to spread in the country again.
GMOA General Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath said Sri Lanka would have to face serious health problems at this rate, with the increasing number of Indians arriving and working in the country, without undergoing necessary medical screening.
“Even though we are a country with no serious diseases and maintaining a good health status in Asia, having a big country like India as the nearest country, which has reports of various epidemics is dangerous to us,” the doctor said.
He also urged the Health Ministry to launch an investigation into the finding of the Malaria patient, who had been working in Sri Lanka on an expired visiting Visa.
He stressed that the Government should carry out an island wide raid to curb the foreigners, who are working in Sri Lanka on visiting Visas.
“As recently as the year 2000, Sri Lanka had over 100,000 cases of Malaria. Our doctors and health officials worked hard to gain this remarkable achievement of country making free of local cases of Malaria. We should not let it to destroy it by any one. Indians have already started to work in our country even before the proposed ETCA is finalised. And as a result of that, our health status is dragging into danger slowly.
"If the ETCA is finalised, the situation will get worse. The authorities should do something to this in advance,” the doctors said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
These morons talk about ETCA and Malaria and want us to avoid Indians but it's these same hypocrites who are performing Kidney transplants from Indians. We really need Doctors like this to look after our welfare! What a bunch of Quacks!
T.MALLAWA Monday, 11 April 2016 06:44 PM
I DID NOT BELIEVE THAT THE INTELLIGENCE OF DOCTORS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LEADING THE TRADE UNION OF THE DOCTORS CAN STOOP TO THIS LOW LEVEL. IF A PERSON IS DETECTED WITH MALARIA OR EVEN HIV, IT IS THE DOCTOR'S DUTY TO PREVENT SPREAD OF THE DISEASE RATHER THAN BLAMING IT ON THE ETCA, THE FAVOURITE ' WHIPPING BOY '..
Etca Monday, 11 April 2016 06:58 PM
Dear Greedy Medical Officers Association.Please do your job properly. And Strike for your Duty free permits. Let the elected reps look after the ETÇA.
Jimmy Monday, 11 April 2016 07:15 PM
Sri Lanka has healthy people due to being an Island away from the India and Indians. No bridge and ETCA please.
lalith Monday, 11 April 2016 07:15 PM
Going to India on pilgrimages etc good.But no Indians should come here. More than virus we don't want to loose our jobs. Doctor.
Unchikun Monday, 11 April 2016 07:28 PM
What a statement. Is Sri Lanka Malaria free in the first place. Secondly how many Sri Lankans visit Indian annually and how many of them have contacted Malaria.
TONY Monday, 11 April 2016 07:32 PM
GMOA SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF WW
Harsha Monday, 11 April 2016 07:41 PM
ECTA on the way with crying deputy minister
Aquarius Monday, 11 April 2016 07:52 PM
Very irresponsible statement! What about Sri Lankans visiting India and other tourists touching base in India? Should we quarantine everyone? This is an anti-Indian GMOA statement
janaka Monday, 11 April 2016 08:17 PM
what a dispicable and racist association. hope they do open up the sector so consumers in this country will benefit from better services at cheaper prices. via DM Android App
Doctor Monday, 11 April 2016 08:26 PM
Indian doctors are coming!!! Help!!!
ECTA Monday, 11 April 2016 09:39 PM
You be prepared for filthy low life indians and their deseases...be prepared to cry like harsha according to conscious....pls publish it your duty to safegaurd your kids future against our beutiful country becoming another nepal which apparently have 5 economic pacts with India..still they are in stone age
Appuhamy Monday, 11 April 2016 09:57 PM
Once the proposed bridge is completed, there will be NO Sri Lanka for our kids!
Gobba Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:35 AM
The doctor should also hold a presser asking for all SriLankans to stop visiting India on Pilgrimages, Tourist and business trips. Bunch of nincompoops who did Kindey transplants and earned money on Indians, now harping another song. Why not ask for investigations on the DOCTORS who performed these Indian Kidney transplant operations ?
karu Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:55 PM
Do you have a cure for Indphobia. via DM Android App
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