In a letter to president Wickremasinghe North East Women’s Forum has requested to provide the essential drugs and medical devices urgently to the affected people of North & East and other parts of the Island.
A public request to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka
His Excellency the President,
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,
Presidential Secretariat, Colombo-01
Facilitate immediate access to essential medicines and medical equipment to the affected people
We, the affected Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim people, women’s networks, civil society organizations and social activists in the north & eastern provinces of Sri Lanka hereby submit the following humble request to you.
The people of the North & Eastern provinces have the right to visit the Government hospitals for treatment, ranging from minor ailments to major surgeries. Especially when people visit to hospitals, only very few essential medicines are available in the hospitals.
The non-availability of these essential medicines and medical devices has affected the life of all the people. Especially the people of the Northern-Eastern provinces , women and girls are badly affected .
We are forced to pay large some of money for the medicines to private pharmacies or private hospitals. Apart from this, the availability of drugs for dogs, cats and snake bites are also limited in the Government hospitals. When the patients are admitted for surgical procedures, due to lack of proper access of medical equipment, there is a situation where they cannot be performed in time.
Apart from that, in terms of the study conducted by the World Health Organization, especially on Sri Lanka, more children are identified as malnourished, and if these children are not taken care, the future of our children will be unhealthy, and this indicates that the future stable life of our Sri Lankan people is questionable. This has badly affected the grass root people and also the middle class, who are living in the border villages.
Therefore, we urge you & the Government of Sri Lanka, to provide the essential drugs and medical devices urgently to the affected people of North & East and other parts of the Island.
North East Women’s Forum
Copies to :-
1.Hon’ble Minister of Health, Sri Lanka
2.Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
3.International Health Organization