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Army inquiring into alleged incident in Welioya that led to Doctors’ protest

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Army is inquiring into an allegation that a local commander had clashed with medical personnel in a District Hospital in the Welioya area causing doctors to take strike action.

Doctors in the District Hospital of Sampathnuwara in Welioya have “withdrawn services” in protest against what they said was the rude behaviour of an Army officer in the area, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said.

The GMOA said that the Army officer had used racially derogatory language against the medical staff and made death threats.

Dr Navin de Zoysa of the GMOA told EconomyNext that the Union has written to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi informing her of the strike action.

In the letter, the GMOA Secretary Dr Senal Fernando says the Union has lodged a complaint against the officer to Army commander.

In Colombo, Army headquarters said that a complaint has been made to the Commander and his office was “looking into the matter.” (Colombo, October 29, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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