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By Gandhya Senanayake

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today stressed that there was no necessity to allow male nurses in labor rooms as female patients felt uncomfortable and that the patients should have the ability to choose whether or not to allow male nurses.
 

The GMOA added that 95% of the nursing staff in Sri Lanka was female and that whether male nurses should attend female patients is questionable and should be left for the patients to decide.   
 

Nurses in Kurunagala held a protest recently calling the authorities to allow male nurses into labor rooms. A protest against these unreasonable demands will me organized by the doctors and minor staff of the Kurunagala hospital, the GMOA officials said. (Daily Mirror online)  
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  • manjula Sunday, 17 October 2010 07:50 AM

    Don't these nurses have any other important thing to demand? I think male nurses should not be in labor room, because of our culture and there is no advantage from employing a male nurse there than employing a female nurses. Female nurses are better to handle delivering babies than male nurses. I can't imagine what is the real purpose behind this demand.

    arun Wednesday, 20 October 2010 03:45 AM

    where is my comment??????

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 17 October 2010 08:10 AM

    In Taliban ruled Afghanistan, women were allowed to die during child birth rather than allow a male doctor to delivery the baby. Is the GMOA getting inspired by Taliban now.

    Chamara Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:10 PM

    What about the doctors.

    Above the crowd Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:17 PM

    Male nurses in labour rooms must be prohibited, unless the patient and the spouse give consent.Most asian Countries are not use to this as there is a major cultural difference compared to the west.
    The patient must have the right to choose.

    Priyadarshanie Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:21 PM

    Nurses are Nurses. There isnt a profession called male nursing. They have the right and training work equally in any place. Apart from that this is not a country which governed by thalibanian model of rules and regulations.

    malik Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:26 PM

    No need male nurses in the labor room if there is a male or female Dr in the labor room.Are there any male's going to birth soon.

    Silva Sunday, 17 October 2010 10:54 AM

    A human's right shoud be considered i/respected in this matter, just like in the West. So, the patient should be given the right to decide!

    Bird Eye Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:32 PM

    Male nurses should not be allowed unless despearate situation arises.

    malik Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:40 PM

    No need male nurses in the labor room if there is a male or female Dr is there.Is there any male going to give birth soon?

    Above the crowd Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:43 PM

    If they are allowed to work in the labour room ,there will be a mad scramble to get in there.

    KD Sunday, 17 October 2010 11:06 AM

    For once you said something sensible.

    Sarath Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:46 PM

    Contradiction between gender, human rites and culture. I’m also in a dilemma.

    Oz Monday, 18 October 2010 01:12 AM

    even in western world you can choose...so why not in Sri Lanka? You guys super western?

    Jayatillaka Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:52 PM

    ooh my god male doc and male nurse. wish you happy delivery

    Ibnu Batuta Saturday, 16 October 2010 01:54 PM

    Male nurses in labour rooms...!!!
    Quite unreasonable demand.

    Angel Saturday, 16 October 2010 02:01 PM

    Its a good move. No need of male nurses inside labor room when there are female nurses of 95%!

    graham Saturday, 16 October 2010 02:02 PM

    SHOULD ALL GYNECOLOGISTS BE FEMALE??

    Mushi Saturday, 16 October 2010 02:13 PM

    Yes, this is a good move. Many male nurses indulge in various things like molesting with female weak patients who can not react to them like they do when they are healthy. Those patients mostly keep quiet because they are ill.

    shakir Saturday, 16 October 2010 02:50 PM

    agree! only female attendants should be allowed in to labor room other than the doctor. let the patient decide on it cause it's her responsibility to protect her privacy.

    sam Saturday, 16 October 2010 02:56 PM

    Doctors's jokes

    pandula Saturday, 16 October 2010 03:12 PM

    Well then what about male doctors? Dont act like this to have a knoweldge is a right of the students.

    Nalaka Weerakody Saturday, 16 October 2010 03:13 PM

    GMOA is corect...no need to allow these male nurses, later male attendants too will say they sould get into the labor room which will make the patiens more uncomfortable

    Edwardo Baltazar Saturday, 16 October 2010 03:18 PM

    it is better to ask from the patient before she it taken into the labor room, wheather to allow a malenurse inside the room or not? that will be the best option.....

    Kolitha Saturday, 16 October 2010 03:37 PM

    What nonsense.
    Why do you need Male Nurses in the Labour rooms.
    I hope government will take stern action against these inappropriate demands.

    Lankaputra Saturday, 16 October 2010 03:47 PM

    Same should apply to medical doctors too. Allow only female doctors to take care of delivery. Would GMOA agree to that?

    pissupusa Saturday, 16 October 2010 04:35 PM

    Afterall what the male nurse knows about child labor and its pain. Lock them out

    lankaputha Monday, 18 October 2010 09:50 AM

    Yes, if the Gynocolgyists have a 95 % femalre ratio.
    When you are becoming a nurse you do not specialize. But when you are becoming a doctor you become specialized.

    But I believe, the patient should decide whether she needs male or femail or Email doctor / Nurse in side the labour room

    Dhiga Monday, 18 October 2010 03:37 AM

    A doctor is a doctor, male or female. So is a nurse. They are trained to do a job, we should respect that.

    sissy Sunday, 17 October 2010 01:37 PM

    give me a transvestite when I'm at labour

    Dr.Desilva Sunday, 17 October 2010 01:38 PM

    FDear Editor, where is my comment?.

    jayam Saturday, 16 October 2010 07:43 PM

    Totally agreed with GMOA decision.

    Akinahd Saturday, 16 October 2010 08:24 PM

    didn't we have more important issues to discuss ? who is protesting against the lack of medicine supply to the hospitals ? these people are always finding some reason not to work.

    KD Saturday, 16 October 2010 08:31 PM

    What type of twisted mind you have?

    KD Saturday, 16 October 2010 08:34 PM

    Male or female nurse is a nurse.

    Above the crowd Sunday, 17 October 2010 02:06 PM

    Hats off to you uni Doc. You understood the real issue here.
    let the donkeys bray. and the patients must have say.

    Dear Editor Monday, 18 October 2010 10:02 AM

    Sorry.

    Anil Saturday, 16 October 2010 09:49 PM

    I am a male nurse, who trained in UK and I was DOT discriminated because I am a male!! This is an unreasonable demand from GMOA as usual. The patient should have the right to choose NOT the GMOA!!

    Dey Saturday, 16 October 2010 10:30 PM

    What about male docs?

    Paykie Saturday, 16 October 2010 10:52 PM

    what's wrong with having male nurses in the labor rooms?? seriously?? what can they do? As long as they are trained, qualified and legally allowed to practice, males nurses or doctors should not be denied the opportunity to help female patients. If a female patient objects to have a male nurse, that's a different story but denying male nurses the privilege to work in such a setting is gender discrimination.

    herath Sunday, 17 October 2010 12:58 AM

    No, male doctors do not do deliveries or attend female patients on thier own, if they do so, it is highly unethical. therefore it is mandatory to have a female chaperon or female nurse around
    this is the standard practice .world over. my question is that is male nurses are going to assist female nurses or midwifes in deliveries?
    we have a dire need of male nurses to work in other deciplines like psychiatry. Majority,98% of the care of men were look after by female nurses under great stress. what are the nurses think about that(male nurses and nurses unions)?

    Viagra Sunday, 17 October 2010 02:12 AM

    True!

    Oyage Podi Guru Sunday, 17 October 2010 03:05 AM

    Your observation is ridiculous!

    fizal Sunday, 17 October 2010 03:07 AM

    when male doctors are there how can they protect their privacy?can patients decide whether they allow male doctors in???

    Yehiya-Doha Sunday, 17 October 2010 03:18 AM

    GMOA. where you stand.

    Moratu Puthek Sunday, 17 October 2010 03:32 AM

    Why all of a sudden such a demand now ? is it ithe work ofy the JVP ?
    How was the practice before ?
    Since there was no big ha ho over this situation in the past let it continue as it is.
    And also what role are these male nurses demand in the labor rooms ?

    University doctor Sunday, 17 October 2010 04:49 AM

    Don't confuse the issues. This is about patient's dignity. Just because in Sri Lanka patients are not given any rights, there is no need to perpetuate the gross indignity, particularly pregnant mothers suffer in SL state hospital wards.

    Mohana Sunday, 17 October 2010 04:59 AM

    This is a matter to be decided by the Authorities depends on the needs and NOT adhering to any PROTESTS or DEMANDS of DOCTORS or NURSES. Our Country has become a country of Protectests because of the So Called Trade Unions which are actually politically motivated hooligans.

    Raj Sunday, 17 October 2010 05:02 AM

    If there are no female nurses then the male nurses can assist.
    What we have to think about here is the mentality of the person giving birth rather than talking about rights. If the patient is uncomfortable with a man around her when she is giving birth what is the point of having a male nurse...
    Is it to prove equality?

    Niran Sunday, 17 October 2010 05:04 AM

    Shouldn't this also apply to all theatre staff including the Gynecologists?

    In my opinion, the decision should rest with the patient, not the GMOA.

    Edwardo Baltazar Sunday, 17 October 2010 05:39 AM

    Well said Dr. Kolitha,,,,,,,

    Yashoda Sunday, 17 October 2010 05:52 AM

    Everyone know Nurses are Nurses...
    Also Male is Male and Female is Female
    For the sake of being a Nurse a MALE (Nurse) should not enter the Lady's area...
    You'll be amazed of the Health Facility provided in arab countries. Strictly mens are not allowed to enter Ladies section and there are enough and more Female Nurses to treat female patients...

    monarawila nilame Sunday, 17 October 2010 06:06 AM

    Male nurses please look in to male wards, you are not needed in labor rooms.

    Holman Sunday, 17 October 2010 06:16 AM

    The present world is such that men rape even dead women, therefore male nurses should be BANNED from entering labour rooms or female wards.

    Ananda Sunday, 17 October 2010 06:58 AM

    Is "Thaliban" ruling for GMOA now?

    Ananda Sunday, 17 October 2010 06:59 AM

    This is a discrimination. Are we going back ?


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