SL nurses, relief workers ready to leave for Nepal – medical students among those affected

SL nurses, relief workers ready to leave for Nepal – medical students among those affected

SL nurses, relief workers ready to leave for Nepal – medical students among those affected

Written by Staff Writer

27 Apr, 2015 | 9:15 am

Sri Lankan students receiving education in Nepal have been severely affected by the recent earthquake. The group includes one hundred and twenty (120) medical students studying at the Manipal University in Nepal

The students noted that they were greatly inconvenienced due to tremors that were felt on Saturday and Sunday.

They also noted that they spent two nights at the sports ground opposite the university.

Meanwhile, nurses trade unions say that around 200 nurses have volunteered to go to Nepal in order to provide relief service to those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

Issuing a release, the prime minister’s office noted that the most essential service in Nepal at present is medical, accordingly the release requests the services of doctors and nurses.

The release further reads that those who wish to volunteer to provide relief services may contact the PM’s office. Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers Association, Saman Ratnapriya said that 100 nurses are ready to leave for Nepal at any given time.

Meanwhile,  Media Spokesperson of the Government Medical Officers Association Dr Naveen de Soysa said that measures have been taken to release the necessary numbers of doctors to be sent to Nepal for relief services.

Yet another Air Force plane carrying medical supplies to those affected in Nepal is due to leave the country on Monday.

The Presidential Media Unit noted that these measures were taken under special instructions of the president with the coordination of the commanders of the tri-forces. The plane is to carry 4000 kilogrammes of medicine, food and drinking water.

Meanwhile, a special discussion was held at the Presidential Secretariat on Sunday afternoon to discuss further relief that can be provided to those affected in Nepal.

The Presidential Media Unit noted that the discussion was attended by ministers, ministerial secretaries, commanders of the three forces and senior police officials.

Accordingly, it was decided that a  24-hour coordination centre be set up under the management of the Disaster Management Centre.

The Presidential Media Unit further noted several more air force  planes will leave for Nepal carrying essential items in the next few days.

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