Allow ICRC to transport medicines, RDHS urge Sri Lankan Health Ministry
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 March 2009, 10:40 GMT]
Regional Directors of Health Services for Ki'linochchi and Mullaiththeevu districts, Dr. T. Varatharajah and Dr. T. Saththiyamoorthy, Monday jointly urged the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health to supply medicines intended for the civilians in Vanni at least in the next ICRC shipment. Only 5% of the combined quota of medicine and dressings meant for the last quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of this year was earlier transported by the ICRC. "We were shocked and felt very sad when we were informed by the ICRC that no medicines have been handed over by the ministry officials to be taken in the ship," the doctors said. "Many deaths could have been prevented if basic infrastructure facilities and essential medicines were made available."
"The few Medical Officers and other health staff serving with dedication and determination have been frustrated with this grave situation of not being able to save lives," said the letter sent by the topmost health officials of the districts.
A copy of the letter made available to TamilNet through the sources in Vavuniyaa follows:
Joint appeal by the RDHS of Ki'linochchi and Mullaiththevu districts