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Dengue outbreak: Transfer of medical specialists not justifiable: Vitharana

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The transfer of medical specialists including the Epidemiology Unit Chief under the five-year transfer scheme was unjustifiable in the wake of the dengue outbreak, former MP Tissa Vitharana said today.

He told a news conference that Health Ministry’s Dengue Eradication Unit’s Coordinator Dr. Hasitha Tissera and Epidemiology Unit’s Director and Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Paba Palihawadana have been transferred to administrative units of other hospitals.

“Both of them have performed creditably in the eradication of dengue for many years and they have a wide experience in this field. However, they have been transferred despite the spreading of dengue countrywide,” Prof. Vitharana said.

He said it was not reasonable to carry out such transfers even though the five-year transferring scheme was applicable in State institutions. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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  • D V Samarasekera Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:27 PM

    How can Prof. Vitarana say: “Both of them have performed creditably in the eradication of dengue for many years and they have a wide experience in this field" when dengue is now an epidemic and our hospitals cannot cope with the huge numbers of patients. It is time for action, and all who have failed must be relieved of their duties.

    subash Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:48 PM

    Aren't they responsible for not being able to control the spread of the decease!

    neil alvis Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:50 AM

    why does this transfer scheme still operate in sri lanka. this madness, probably began decades ago, has no merit. a person who lives/likes to live in galle is transfrered to kandy. a person who lives in kandy is transfered to galle. this is common among teachers too affecting their cost of living. all appointments should be based on preferece of a person and experince.

    LP Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:09 AM

    Don't worry, as our able health minister is there,he will eradicate all the mosquitoes.

    Critical Wednesday, 17 May 2017 09:48 PM

    you guys want to make some issue out of any thing for petty political gains. If 5 year transfer is in place , let it happen as it is.

    Dr. Thomas Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:17 PM

    The efforts of the officials out on the field attribute to the eradication of Dengue & all other communicable diseases. Those who sit in air conditioned rooms collect data to impress their superiors.All government employees should abide by the PSC approved transfers which is manipulated by the GMOA. via DM Android App


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