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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2009

Please don't involve the schoolteachers in this!

By S.H. Moulana

It is really heartening to read that a team of cardiologists from a children hospital in the UK are performing heart surgeries at a Galle hospital. We learn that they are doing this free of charge on children with serious heart problems and their priority would be for children coming from families who could not afford the high prices charged by private hospitals here.

These doctors with a sincere humane feeling are here to perform at least 30 surgeries during the ten days they are going to be here. It is on record that this team is visiting Galle hospital for the 12th time, for the same free service they have been providing.

While this highly commendable job is being done by foreign doctors in Galle, our doctors are extremely busy in organizing protest strikes and even motorcades, to surround the Colombo city. The latest we hear now is that there will be a countrywide strike with the participation of schoolteachers, principals, deans of medical faculties and nurses. We wonder what the poor schoolchildren will do without their teachers!
In good old days we were familiar with ‘hora medical certificates’ and now we hear all those plan to strike on Thursday will be on ‘sick leave’ but we do not know what the sickness is going to be! Is it going to be dengue or SAITM?

We can see the team of foreign doctors at work in Galle having a hearty laugh on what is going on in our country! Yes they are fully justified in their laughter, haven’t we become a real laughing stock to the whole world!

- Asian Tribune –

A team of doctors from Evelina Children's Hospital, a branch of Guy’s Hospital in London, UK, were in Sri Lanka on their annual 'Take Heart Mercy Mission' recently to perform heart surgery on young children from 6 months to 15 years at the Karapitiya Hospital, Galle.
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