Colombo, July 27 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Wednesday slammed the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) for launching strikes as if it were a game, without valuing human lives.
“Any problem can be solved through discussions,” Sirisena said speaking at a function.
“Doctors also have taken strike as a game today. It is matter to regret that they haven’t given any value for human lives”, he said.
The GMOA have staged several island wide strikes in recent months calling for the closure of the SAITM College, Sri Lanka’s only private medical College stating the College does not meet the required standards and opposing the privatization of education. Students who receive education in Sri Lanka’s prestigious state universities enjoy free education.
The strikes by the doctors have inconvenienced a majority of the population who depend on the state sector for free medical attention.
Meanwhile, Sirisena said the public had also been thoroughly inconvenienced by the strike staged by the workers of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The strike which led to a fuel shortage through the country was called off temporarily following talks with Sirisena.
The President also slammed opponents who were trying to defeat the present government stating that no body would be able to topple the present regime.
“Though those who were removed from power by the people are launching many conspiracies by dreaming to come to power again, nobody will be able to topple the current government”, Sirisena said.
“The government is proceeding according to the constitution and the law in the country. Nobody can stop the government’s journey towards the betterment of the country with long term political experience”, he emphasized.