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The Government Medical Officer’s Association (GMOA) today said there was a shortage of ‘Tamiflu’ antiviral medication in hospitals which is used for the treatment of the Influenza virus, widely spreading in the country.

While condemning the statement made by Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne that the GMOA has attempted to topple the government, GMOA Assistant Secretary Nalinda Herath told a media briefing that the Minister was trying to deviate the attention of the people on several issues at the ministry by making such statements.

“Influenza virus has been highly spread throughout the country and many of the innocent patients were suffering from it. But unfortunately the Health Ministry has failed to provide them with enough medicine,” he said.

He said they have never intended to topple any government earlier and would never do so even in the future through several steps they have taken to safeguard the health sector.

He said that there was nothing to feel surprised at the behaviour of the Health Minister towards the GMOA since it was evident that the government had approved the opinion of the GMOA on the SAITM issue in the Education Ministry’s decisions about it last Friday.

“We have never supported to topple any government or never worked partial to bring any government to power. Our members have empowered our leadership to safeguard their rights. We would not let any damage cause to health sector no matter what the government is,” he said.

He also denied the remark made by the Health Minister that the GMOA has threatened the acting Director General of Health Services (DGHS) during a discussion held between the GMOA and him. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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  • rosebud Friday, 14 April 2017 08:43 AM

    GMOA needs to stop blame game cooperate with Ministry of Health and obtain medications required for patients. via DM Android App

    Rohan Friday, 14 April 2017 09:08 AM

    Should not give free education to become doctors. Recent times we have observed negatives more than positives of this FREE system. It is not viable for general public to pay their tax money for this waste.

    Shan Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:48 PM

    Do more strikes, medicines will fall from the sky. This shortage is due to GMOA's irresponsibility.

    Nuwan Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:58 AM

    The so called doctors of GMOA are a disgrace.Do you know how many lives were lost during the strike last week. you all were not at all concerned about the spread of flu

    Wije Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:16 AM

    There is no difference between tamiflu and PanadolGMOA members need to follow The Saitm medical course

    harsha.munasinghe@gmail.com Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:37 AM

    Perhaps, the GMOA doctors took the medicine to their private clinics. Isn't it important to work together rather than trying show your enpty big head?

    don Amarasiri Friday, 14 April 2017 10:32 AM

    Why action was not taken when some doctors criminally trespassed education office presmies. Had it been done by Appuhamy or Simion, he or they would have been still on remand.

    Ram Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:48 AM

    GMOA has come of age and is now making the medicine shortages highlighted. I guess they are now realising that they were misguided by some hidden force

    cheers Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:29 AM

    Everything is short including money under the new rule gold bless sri lanka and its innocent people as the current regime is on a joy ride ripping the taxpayers

    chandra Thursday, 13 April 2017 06:28 AM

    Good point GMOA. Health minister made false statement not only once so many times. He is non second to former lady presudent. via DM Android App

    Winterton Thursday, 13 April 2017 06:38 AM

    Why a country like Sri Lanka failed stock adequate amount of Tamiflu which is also the vaccine for Bird Flu Virus.

    alston Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:03 AM

    Surprising they are concerned about health needs of the public.

    Dulan Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:34 AM

    Wow GMOA can stop been obsessed by SATIM?

    Don Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:19 AM

    Present GMOA is insane.They forget that they are a Trade Union.They behave like an irresponsible political party.Dear doctor Members,chase them away and select a suitable non-political executive committee soon,otherwise this crowd already joined with JVP will never be able to sort-out any of the member's problems.

    wedige Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:23 AM

    Do not mixed-up SAITA/Your Politics with unavailability of Tami-Flu. They are two different issues (You guys must be intelligent enough to differentiate them).

    Allen Thursday, 13 April 2017 09:09 AM

    No we don't know how many people died, can you please enlightened us?

    Sujan Thursday, 13 April 2017 09:29 AM

    These people have the same mentality as the two tried to climb the water tank perhaps to have fun there via DM Android App

    wedige Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:06 AM

    They stole from the hospital and now they complain,

    Pf Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:11 AM

    Sortage of medicine for AH1N1 patients is no more a joke.If anybody blaming doctors on that matterthose are empty heads.Think wisely.This is no politics. via DM Android App

    Kadiya Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:23 AM

    No such concerns for the sick public when you Shylocks go on strike for the flimsiest of excuses, eh? Bloody frauds!

    AliG Friday, 14 April 2017 05:50 PM

    It is a joke. There is no shortage these buggers stole the medicines for their private practices.

    ralahamy Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:47 AM

    Look at the the sour faces of the GMOA spokesmen. Do you see any kindness or humanity in them, They express nothing but hatred and superiority complex while speaking to press. Are these the doctors who will treat the patients with kindness? Black Money has hardened their hearts. How can you expect compassion from them for the poor patients.

    renu Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:50 AM

    Does the couple on the water tank members of the GMOA. What kind of mentality these jokersa have

    Aku Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:27 PM

    The GMOA must be arrested and tried for murder immediately!!! Their unwarranted strikes killed many citizens, young and old!!!!

    BUSHEL Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:58 PM

    JUST GIVE ME ONE PATIENT WHO DEIDE I WILL ARREST GMOA

    Truth Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:01 PM

    Can the government deregister GMOA for not obeying the court order? Singapore did this and they now prosper as a developed country.

    Shelly. Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:43 PM

    These GMOA leaders may be the ones who were active JVPers during dark period. via DM Android App

    Truth Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:04 PM

    Bushel, No GMOA member will certify the death due to professional negligence!!!

    Perumal Thursday, 13 April 2017 05:27 PM

    We are proud to say that our medical doctors are very much versed in Finances, investments, politics and even general education. Only thing they are lacking seems to be a knowledge in patient care.

    Dee Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:18 PM

    Yes and an acute shortage of suitably qualified and capable medical practitioners.

    Poor Citizen Thursday, 13 April 2017 09:37 PM

    GMOA strike against SAITM why cant they strike for non-availability of medicines... via DM iOS App

    Sincere Friday, 14 April 2017 12:43 AM

    So you all waited until they are over to put the blame on someone else?

    Sincere Friday, 14 April 2017 12:45 AM

    Can the deadly virus of GMOA be eliminated for good by the said antivirul medication?

    Sincere Friday, 14 April 2017 12:46 AM

    Its a virus for which antivirul medication is necessary!

    ceylon Saturday, 15 April 2017 12:09 PM

    also cronic shortage of true medical practitioners. because they dont serve they are on strikesprotests. via DM Android App


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