Written by Staff Writer
05 May, 2014 | 11:42 pm
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the lives of patients cannot be sacrificed on the basis of any professional problem. He made this statement at an event organised to celebrate International Midwives Day which was marked on Monday.
The theme of the International Midwives Day celebration in Sri Lanka was Protect the midwives service to ensure safe maternity. The commemorative event was graced by many invitees including politicians. The President also launched the official website of the Government Midwifery Association, parallel to International Midwives Day.
The President expressed following views at the event:
“When talking about the family health service, we are reminded, time and time again, that it is a service of great kindness. We have acted very sensitively with regard to the problems faced by people in this service from the highest to the lowest level. Thus far you had been the only service not to go on strike…………But that record was broken a few days ago. “
He added: “I believe it was only for one day. I know that in some instances, even if you are on strike, when the message comes, you have to get back to work. It shows the kindness of your hearts. I respect you for that. In truth, there is no need to act this way in any field. At present these incidents are taking place not because of shortcomings on our part but because of problems within unions.”
He also noted: “ I believe it is so. I do not think that you can sacrifice innocent people, innocent patients, for whatever professional problems you may have. You cannot sacrifice innocent children. I do not think that any society, at any time is prepared to accept such actions.”
The President also presented a token of appreciation to Minister Maithripala Sirisena in recognition of services rendered by him to the National Health Service.
Appreciation awards were also presented to midwives at this event.
The President of the Government Midwives Association, Devika Kodituwakku, submitted a set of proposals compiled by the Association to the President.
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