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Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) today said that the Epidemiology Unit is inactive and had not taken sufficient measures to mitigate the spreading viral flu in Southern Province.

Addressing a press conference GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the units’s inactiveness was due to appointing a person with lack of technical knowledge of the subject as Chief Epidemiologist.

He said though the suspicious Influenza flu wreck havoc in Southern Province the Epidemiology Unit had failed to issue a precautionary guideline.

Dr. Aluthge said false information had been widespread due to the inactiveness of the Epidemiology Unit which is the responsible authority to mitigate such situation.

GMOA request the Health Minister to appoint a responsible Epidemiology Unit spokesman in order to prevent false information and to create awareness of safety precautions.

“Although its a serious situation, the Epidemiology Unit yet seems to have following a silent policy over the matter. According to report so far 13 killed only in Galle and Matara districts. Earlier, Epidemiology Unit were capable of controlling such situation within a week, “ he added.

Dr. Aluthge further said the Health Services Director-General and the Provincial Health Director were seen making contradictory statements of the disease stating it was a result of not having a centralized mechanism or institution to respond in a such situation.

GMOA request the public to avoid in sending their kids with viral symptoms to schools  in order to control the virus spreading.

As the virus spreads through saliva and  air, GMOA instructs to use a mask and wash hands properly to protect from the infection. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Unchikun Monday, 21 May 2018 07:58 PM

    Yes, the Epidemiology Unit may have been silent. What has the GMOA being doing. Yes, ECTA and FTA to please their handlers. Now the glorious Sri Lanka culture, passing the buck.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Monday, 21 May 2018 08:38 PM

    Why late to launch a strike against the Epidemiologist. Your prank is that know.

    DK Monday, 21 May 2018 08:50 PM

    This isn't the time to point fingers, it's the time to work together and help rid the south of this virus ! "It's killing innocent Children for God sake"

    patient Monday, 21 May 2018 08:57 PM

    ohh they have got another chance for a token strike

    pradeep Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:34 AM

    so another good reason to keep away from work and inconvenience people

    Sammy Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:57 AM

    Is this the same new Nipah virus that has appeared in parts of India?

    Dhammika Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:14 AM

    GMOA is a organisation of medical doctors . Without meddling in to FTA with other countries if GMOA looked in to medical issues of SL this could have been curtailed and eradicated by NOW ! .

    Sanga Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:50 AM

    GMOA cries only for their personal gains they are silent for other things.

    Katie Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:02 AM

    Well said all of the above. GMOA stop pointing fingers. Don't call yourselves DOCTORS if you cant' join hands and find a solution to the viral flu going around. Don't point fingers and pass the buck you guys as doctors are also responsible in saving lives instead of putting lives in danger. Wake Up! and do you duty first instead of pointing fingers.

    Sri Wickrema Tuesday, 22 May 2018 01:56 PM

    May be the doctors in the Epidemiology Unit are not members of GMOA.


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