Friday, September 12, 2008

One Hundrad Sixty Thousand Sri Lankan School Children Suffering From Eye Disorders

Around one hundrad sixty thousand school children out of four million student population in sri lanka are suffering from eye disorders Deputy Director General of Health Services(Public Health)Dr.Sarath Mahipala said.The low nutritional level of these students is identified as the major cause for developing eye disorders Dr.Mahipala urged.Due to the eating of fast foods instead of eating nutritional valued food items such as vegetables and fruits it was reported that the nutritional status of school children is low.

Health Ministry launched a Pre Eye Test Programme for the school chidren who are already developed eye disorders and those who need to wear spectacles will be provided them from next year Health Ministry sources said.The ministry is planning to conduct these Pre Eye Tests for estimated two million school children from next year with the assistance from the private sector.One million rupees allocated for this purpose.

North Central Province Docs to launch a token strike

All Doctors attached to the North-Central Province are decided to launch an one day token strike on 17th of this month over not paying their On Call Allowance from three months Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) announced yesterday(11).Some 500 Doctors attached to the all hospitals in Anuradhapura and the Pollonaruwa Districts will Join this Strike scheduled to be held at 8 a.m on the 17th till 8 a.m on the 18th of September Dr.Upul Gunasekara the Assistant Secretary of the GMOA said during a media briefing held yesterday(11).
The talks held with the Health Ministry Officials over this allowance failed he revealed.
Even the Docs of the Anuradhapura General Hospital receiving this monthly on call allowance since it's inception they too have decided to join the strike to support the demands of their colleagues Dr.Gunasekara stressed.

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