Written by Tharushan Fernando
29 Feb, 2016 | 8:13 pm
The News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door campaign, an initiative reaching out to the most vulnerable and deprived communities in the country, got underway for another day on Monday.
As Day 6 of the campaign got underway, the Newsfirst teams visited the Batadura village in Ratnapura where people are facing a severe crisis due to the absence of a doctor at the rural hospital.
Our teams also came across an elderly couple in Mullaitivu in misery after losing their children to the war and a village in the North Western Province where a water project has come to a standstill due to the lack of electricity.
The Newsfirst campaign continued its journey from the North Western, Sabaragamuwa and Northern Provinces of the country in search of locals living in harsh environments. The team, which commenced its journey from Opanayake, Ratnapura, did not have a smooth journey to its destination.
Upon reaching the villages of Galkanda, Kiramba, Batewala, Hattha-Ella, Narissa, Gongala and Batadura, the team heard from locals about their concerns. Amidst the many issues these locals face, one villager in Batadura brought to our attention the area’s rural hospital, which has left its doors closed for many years due to the absence of a doctor.
The other team, which commenced its journey from Opanayake, visited the rural villages of Udawela, Akarella, Dolakanda and Ranwala. The Newsfirst Gammedda team, which is touring the Northern Province, also met with locals of the Mullaitivu District on Monday. Our team was able to meet with locals of the Palaipani village, which is located in a forest area around 10km away from the Mullaitivu – Mankulam main road.
Even though plans were a set to provide this village with electricity, which does not even have bus transportation, these have been limited to mere words. Locals of the Ottusudan, Periya Itthimudu Palampasi and Karadipulawu villages also presented their issues to the Newsfirst Gammedda team.
The Newsfirst Gammedda team, which is covering the Northwestern Province, commenced its door-to-door campaign from the Paangolla Army Village in Ibbagamuwa. Locals of the Barandana village explained the issues they face as a result of sand-mining, which is taking place at Dedura Oya. Another Newsfirst team inquired into the issues of locals of the Bulathwatta, Pilessa and Belgalla Kanda villages in Ibbagamuwa.
News 1st is carrying out this national public service initiative with the assistance of the University of Peradeniya. The campaign will travel across the country until March 18.
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