A chaotic situation prevailed in many fuel stations allotted to serve the State health service, due to poor communication on the part of the Ministry of Power and Energy, doctors alleged.
Government Medical Officers Association’s (GMOA) President, Dr. Dharshana Sirisena said on Friday (24) that although the Health Ministry had made all the necessary arrangements on its part to ensure that health services did not collapse due to the fuel crisis, it seemed to be water under the bridge as the message had not been passed to shed owners by the Ministry of Power and Energy.
“They were clueless about the arrangements made earlier in the week. Although we don’t blame them, even the general public were queuing up at those sheds increasing congestion and the chaotic atmosphere in them. The fuel shed owners had not been informed of the arrangement either. The process had been implemented smoothly only in certain areas of the country including the North and East. However the situation in Colombo and its suburbs were chaotic”.
Dr. Sirisena lamented that fuel had not even been distributed to the sheds allocated to provide fuel to healthcare workers on Friday (24) while stocks that had reached these sheds on Thursday (23) had already been pumped to vehicles that had queued up during the past number of days.
Earlier in the day medical sources said there were no arrangements made to serve health staffs of hospitals in the Colombo area as had been promised by the Health Ministry on an arrangement it had reached with the Ministry of Power and Energy.
This situation has reportedly caused severe strain on state health services.
By Dilanthi Jayamanne