Health workers left without fuel

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While a large number of healthcare workers queued up at the allocated fuel stations, from Thursday (14) evening, they were unable to obtain their quota of fuel as they had not been given security clearance. 

Media Committee Member of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr. Vasan Ratnasingam said on Friday (15) that the crisis situation in the health sector was explained to the Ministry of Power and Energy and CEYPETCO.

However, the lack of security clearance for fuel sheds and even the health service employees at this time has been a major deterrent in seeing the programme, which had been set for Friday (15), through.

He said that parallel to the circular issued by the Health Ministry, a separate circular had been issued by the CEYPETCO stating that fuel bowsers would be released on Saturday (16) with stocks of fuel for the health service employees. 

Another GMOA Media Committee Member Dr. Chamil Wijesinghe lamented that the Health Ministry would have to collaborate with CEYPETCO to formulate a sustainable programme to ensure the accessibility of fuel for the health sector. He appealed to the general public to support the health service to maintain its services in this crisis situation.

However, continuing with the current fuel provision for the essential services including the health service would only draw more hostility towards them from the general public, he added.

“But the fact is that the State health service is on the brink of collapsing. With the current fuel shortage the health employees cannot even depend on the public transport services,” he said.

Dr. Wijesinghe said that the Health Ministry and CEYPETCO were awaiting the nod from the Security Council to obtain fuel at least over the weekend or by Monday (18).  

By Dilanthi Jayamanne