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GMOA says no to Rajitha as Health Minister

Dr. Haritha Aluthge
Dr. Haritha Aluthge

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has called upon President Maithripala Sirisena not to appoint Dr. Rajitha Senaratne as the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister again, GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.

Addressing a press conference held at the GMOA Headquarters in Colombo yesterday, he said that the reasons for not appointing Dr. Senaratne as the Health Minister have already been submitted to the President in writing along with signatures of 14,000 MBBS doctors. This is the first time in Sri Lankan history that such a petition has been signed against a Health Minister.

According to Dr. Aluthge, the reasons for not appointing Dr. Senaratne had been submitted in detail. In addition, the GMOA informed the President that as a former Health Minister with a good understanding about the subject, he should retain the Health Ministry with him without appointing a Health Minister.

The health sector in Sri Lanka will make progress if President Sirisena brings the Health Ministry under his purview. An emergency meeting of the GMOA’s Executive Committee will be called as soon as possible to discuss future action in connection with the issue, he added.