President says golden era of free health service has dawned

President says golden era of free health service has dawned

Written by Bella Dalima

17 Dec, 2013 | 6:23 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the golden era of the free health service has dawned.The President made this statement during a function held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.

Letters of appointment to various fields in the health sector were handed over on Tuesday under the auspices of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. 6500 individuals were enrolled into the nurses training programme, while 1900 nurses who completed their training also received letters of appointment.

Meanwhile, 2000 individuals were issued letters enrolling them for training as level 14 paramedical officers and positions supplementary to medicine officers. According to the Ministry of Health, this is the first occasion on which such a large number of appointment letters were presented at a single event.

Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena said; “whether or not a medical service of good quality can be delivered rest in the hands of doctors, nurses, paramedics, officials supplementary to medicine and the minor staff.”

He added; “we will provide the necessary resources and take the necessary management and administrative steps. The formulation of policies and their execution will be done by the Ministry. It is the duty of the professionals to ensure high standards.”

President shared these views; “I believe that this is the golden era of the free health service. I calculated the amount that will need to spend to pay the salaries of the individuals who received appointment letter. We require 170 million rupees monthly. I need to find this amount from the treasury before the 20th of this month in order to pay these salaries. Trade union leaders should keep this in mind, your service is more important than the salaries we pay. That is why we have been able to stay ahead in health indicators, in the Asia region.”


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