News1st’s Gammedda: From Sigiriya to Vavuniya, the woes of fallen athletes and patients in danger emerge

News1st’s Gammedda: From Sigiriya to Vavuniya, the woes of fallen athletes and patients in danger emerge

News1st’s Gammedda: From Sigiriya to Vavuniya, the woes of fallen athletes and patients in danger emerge

Written by Staff Writer

10 Mar, 2016 | 6:40 am

The News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door campaign is a national public service initiative by News 1st and the University of Peradeniya. The initiative which continued on its 15th day reaches out to the most rural communities of Sri Lanka – to give a voice to the voiceless.

Central Province

The News 1st Gammedda Door-to-Door Campaign team touring the Central Province commenced the campaign for Wednesday, March 9, from Sigiriya.

When one part of the team reached the village of  Pollettewa they came across a young girl who is a 100m and 200m athlete. She, who is the captain of the athletics squad of her school, which comes under the purview of the Sports Ministry, makes a living today by cultivating Bitter Gourd.

Northern Province

The News 1st team, which continued to tour the Northern Province, visited multiple villages in the Vavuniya District including the Vinayagapuram and Omanthai villages.

The Naviv Primary Hospital in Vavuniya certainly lives up to its name as its functions still remain at a primary stage. The only doctor for this hospital ends his shift at 4 p.m. daily. The hospital closes its doors at the same time.

In an event where a patient needs to be rushed to the Vavuniya Hospital, which on its own is 40 km away from the area, the residents will be left helpless as there is no transport service in the village after the sun sets.

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