The Government Medical Officers’ Association says Sri Lanka’s health sector may collapse within the next week due to persistent power cuts and a fuel shortage.
Speaking to media today GMOA Media Committee member Dr. Chamil Wijesinghe said authorities must take precautions to keep the health sector functioning since it is an essential service.
He commented that staff and patients are unable to make their way to hospitals in case of an emergency.
Joining the media briefing, Vice President of the GMOA, Dr. Chandika Epitakaduwa said the scarcity of fuel in Sri Lanka has affected staff operating within the health sector.
He noted that every employee from cleaning staff to Supplementary Service Providers, Nurses, and Doctors have been burdened by the unavailability of fuel to report to work.
He also revealed that many health sector personnel were unable to report to work on time due to the unavailability of fuel at fuel stations.
Dr. Chandika Epitakaduwa requested authorities to introduce a mechanism where essential service providers can get fuel much quicker, in order to continue with their service to the public.
If not, Dr. Epitakaduwa called on leaders to introduce a special transportation system for the health sector.