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Failure of health authorities delays rapid testing for Covid-19: GMOA

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In a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said one of the reasons for delay in rapid testing for COVID-19 in the country was the Health authorities' failure to endorse the GMOA proposal though the political authorities did.

It said though GMOA proposed both Aggressive Testing and Test, Test, Test strategies on March 13, it was not adopted until April 19.

"This 3-week delay is simply due to the failure of the health authorities to neither endorse or adapt the proposal though the President and the political authorities did accept it. Instead it was counter attacked by Prof. Indika Carunathilake, Dr. Rukshan Bellana and Dr. Sudath Samaraweera.

Now, former Minister of Health, Dr Rajiha Senarathne, in a press conference severely criticised the numbers and delay in testing comparing with other countries, while confirming the sentiments expressed by the aforementioned personalities," the GMOA said.

"We wish to forward these facts for Your Excellency's information and necessary action.

The GMOA, as a responsible professional body, is always willing to positively contribute to control the COVID 19 pandemic in the national interest," it said.

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  • Sarath Peiris Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:11 AM

    No, We do not agree. GMOA is not a professional body. It is a trade union. If they are professional body they should handle this scientifically with facts and figures. They should be able to predict when we can start our normal work. They do not do that. We have to appreciate the service of the staff of Health Ministry and other staff who engage for COVID19.

    A Saturday, 25 April 2020 06:56 AM

    Oh yes we know about GMOA

    Roshan Saturday, 25 April 2020 07:12 AM

    Someone should be held responsible for ignoring these geniuses. They have now qualified as scientists.

    Karan jaffna Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:14 AM

    You people don't work with people.only with reporters. Our president does not need your advice. He is very good at taking decision. Please go to hospital and work like good doctors and nurses. Don't work with media

    Sambo Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:26 AM

    Are these complains from the three doctor kills. If so please ignore.

    S.P.Ramkumar Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:48 AM

    All testing methids of Covid19 should be lined with W.H.O instruction because this very dangerous Pandemic. GMOA have to agree and work accordingly. This is not political games.


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