By Lalith Dhammika Mendis
Today, society is facing a wide spectrum of social, economic and physiological ills that are taking a heavy toll on human lives causing detrimental consequences.
Among the many debilitating infirmities, high incidence of the prevalence of non communicable diseases or the NCD’s have become a major health hazard tormenting people in Sri Lanka. People are facing severe financial as well psychological stress due to the burdensome expenditure associated with the escalating need for various forms expensive treatment, therapies and medical tests to address the NCD’s. Types and forms of therapies and tests are becoming more advanced, complex and costly by the day, caused by the use of the state-of-the-art equipment using ultra modern technology. Private hospitals that are claiming exclusive ownership to some of the advanced and latest equipment are charging exorbitant fees of monstrous proportions for plethora of medical tests fast getting in to a kind of an elite vogue.
This situation has undoubtedly exacerbated the issues and burdens of the common man who is already fighting many a battle for survival. Elite medical fraternity, the crowning jewels of the glorified free education system of the country is busy as never before, operating money making machines at break neck speed in the virtual hullabaloo in medical consultations, a very much commonplace scene at private medical institutions thronged by large crowds of sickly people, seeking a wide variety of medical services for rapidly increasing health complications emerging today. There are long queues for costly consultations as well as a whole gamut of medical tests these hapless patients are put through, in the name of treatment. It is common knowledge that prolonged use of drugs lead to additional complications requiring further treatment and medications. People are thus caught in an inexorable tangle of endless agony from which escape appears to be next to impossible.
Dramatic changes witnessed in people’s life styles, value systems, habits, patterns of food consumption and new methods/techniques of food production are at the core of the physiological problems the society is facing today. The root cause lies in many unfavourable developments that took place in the wake of the advent of the open economic system which practically opened the floodgates for anything and everything irrespective of whether they are desirable or otherwise. Sri Lanka thus became one of the favourite dumping grounds of foreign junk. It is a joke that is doing the rounds that Sri Lankans could boast of more Chinese eateries than what Chinese themselves could claim. Mouth watering unhygienic junk produced in the name of Chinese and other popular types of imported fare continue to attract more and more people despite their detrimental effect on healthy living. Boundless greed unleashed by man in the prevailing culture of crass commercialism in relentless pursuit of wealth creation through by hook or by crook shows no mercy for the wellbeing of fellow humans as long as selfish interests are served.
Numerous varieties of drugs and medications have enslaved people through addiction whilst becoming money making tools in hands of a coterie of apathetic medics, showing no concern for human wellbeing. In spite of this appalling situation where human values have become pathetically subservient to those of commercial interests, there still exist proven methods of age old cure practiced by true patriotic Sons of this country, who demonstrate true love for fellow countrymen than those who brag about national interests. These time-tested techniques also contribute to enhance natural immunity of human body which helps fight adverse factors causing ill health. Said technique of course are of little or no glamour and less fashionable in elite social circles and consequently attract very few.
They are not available in Star Class Hospitals and are their presence is not conspicuous. Home grown treatment whilst bringing lasting cure and relief also guides people on how to lead healthy lives. Doing the right thing is not the name of the game when commercial interests override human welfare. Doing the right thing is so rare. It is hardly anybody’s care.