24 October, 2020

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Answering The Call Of Duty: The Medical Professionals Of Sri Lanka

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray

Krishantha Cooray

Take a moment to reflect on how your life has changed since the Covid-19 virus brought our world to a standstill. Our income and economic future have become uncertain. Those of us with children must look after them at home due to school closures. Food, medicine and basic supplies are scarce as we remain cloistered in our homes. The only solace we can find is in the fact that if we stay at home and take the precautions prescribed by public health officials, we can keep our households safe from this deadly virus.

But there is a section of our society who has no such sense of security. The nearly 20,000 doctors and over 30,000 nurses of Sri Lanka have all the same problems we do in their households. It is in addition to these day to day challenges that we have called upon them to be our soldiers on the frontlines of a new kind of war. These medical professionals do not have the luxury of hiding from the virus as we must.

Instead, their job is to risk exposure to this new threat as they diagnose and treat their patients, knowing full well that around the world over 160 doctors, nurses, medical technicians and other healthcare workers have already been killed by standing in harm’s way to combat covid-19. Several times that number have been infected and had to worry about the risk their job was causing to their families.

Perhaps the first medical professional to succumb to Covid-19 is symbolic of the role doctors play in our modern world. By the time this crisis is over, the name “Li Wenliang” should be a household name. Born in 1986, Li was a gifted academic and basketball fan, who became an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital in 2014. On 30 December last year, Li warned several colleagues in a chat group of patients who were exhibiting alarming symptoms and testing positive for a new SARS coronavirus. His government chastised him for “spreading rumours”. Undeterred, he continued to raise the alarm while fighting selflessly to save the lives of his patients. A week later, he contracted the virus, and was hospitalized. Li vowed to return to the frontlines after his recovery.

The recovery never came. He succumbed to the disease a month later, leaving behind his pregnant wife and young son. His sacrifice has since been recognised by China’s apex anti-corruption body, the WHO and a resolution of the US Senate. Indeed, it is in the footsteps of Li Wenliang that our own doctors follow today. Dr. Li will never ever be forgotten and his tormentors never forgiven.

We only know about Dr. Li’s role in trying to warn us about the danger of this disease thanks to the international news media, which gave voice to the warnings by the World Health Organisation and put leaders around the world on the hotseat, insisting that they take this threat seriously and pressuring governments into tough albeit belated action.

Even in late January, governments from so-called superpowers to developing countries were playing down Covid-19 as “just the flu” and something not to be concerned about. It was the media that kept them on their toes. Now, despite widespread lockdown, media workers in Sri Lanka and around the world are risking their lives to bring us the news, going out to take pictures, interview sources, produce newscasts and write stories. In many cases, it is the media that has given a voice to doctors’ organisations like the SLMA and GMOA, and the trade groups representing nurses and public health inspectors.

However, in some electronic and social media outlets, these medical professionals have been vilified by those who disagree with or are made politically vulnerable by their comments. This is disgraceful. The Covid-19 crisis is one that the brightest minds in the entire world are grappling with as the situation evolves rapidly. No one can see through a crystal ball and singlehandedly guess the right strategies. It is essential that our medical professionals and their representatives have the freedom to air their views and needs to the public so that they can inform the debate on how we grapple with this crisis.

What we cannot afford is to tolerate those who try to tarnish and divide medical professionals in a crisis like this just to pursue their own political interests. Anyone who is using this pandemic and the emotions it spawns to promote any political agenda, whether an election or otherwise, is laying bare their lack of empathy or human qualities. Before you become a politician, or doctor or soldier, you must first be a human being. This is a time for integration not segregation. It doesn’t matter what political beliefs you think a doctor holds or who they support. Their ethnicity, gender, age and background do not matter. They are united in the goal of protecting us. We should respect and honour their sacrifice. The government has a unique opportunity to unify not just our medical staff but our entire country against Covid-19.

Whether or not you agree with, for example, the decision to dissolve Parliament last month, the Election Commission’s decision that they can’t have elections, or the decisions by the organizers of the Ananda-Nalanda and Royal Thomian “big matches” not to cancel their events, this is not the time to score petty political points. All these decisions have been subject to coordinated attacks on social media that do little to bring us together against the enemy that is out to kill us all. Whatever you think of each of these decisions, they were taken by people who we would like to believe did what they thought was right at the time. History can judge them later. Today, we need to deal with the realities of these decisions and move forward.

When I read about the London-based Sri Lankan geriatrician Dr. Anton Sebastianpillai tragically losing his life to Covid-19 last week, I was reminded that in economic terms, Sri Lanka is also a net exporter of medical doctors. Thousands of Sri Lankans from top medical schools are practicing medicine in every corner of the globe, using their training and expertise to defend humanity from this new threat.

My own family’s paediatrician is married to another physician. His son and daughter are both physicians, and they are both married to physicians. In this one family alone, six doctors from two generations are putting their lives on the line to keep their country safe. Just imagine if your parents, and your children and their spouses were all out at war while you prayed for them at home. The strain on all families like this must be unbearable. And yet, they put their duty first, their households and sustenance a distant second. The same is true of nurses, public health inspectors, technicians and other hospital staff around the country. The least we owe them is to heed their advice. Stay at home, stay safe, wash our hands and do everything we can to avoid infecting ourselves or others.

Our medical professionals also know that the “official number of cases” we see in the media, today standing at nearly 200, is just the tip of the iceberg, and only the number of people we know from positive testing have been infected with covid-19. As their peers in other countries have found, many of those infected with covid-19 may take up to two weeks to show any symptoms or show no symptoms at all. Therefore, every in-person interaction our doctors have with any patient is another risk they are taking on behalf of their nation.

When it comes to our medical professionals, we should go a step further and call upon the private sector to ease the burden of government in looking after this new generation of heroes. Our luxury hotels around the country are at a standstill, with their employees’ jobs at stake. We know they are facing tremendous losses and in many cases their survival is at stake, but the next six to eight weeks will be crucial and our actions may determine the fate of Covid-19 and the economic destiny of the country.

At least temporarily, some of them could be repurposed to provide a sanctuary for our doctors and nurses to take a shower, get some rest or enjoy a good meal, as they work around the clock to return normalcy to our society. This is especially applicable to those large hotels owned by conglomerates that have the financial strength to endure these difficult times. They could even deliver good meals to doctors and nurses at hospitals and quarantine centres. These are not ideas to get us out of this crisis sooner. They are ideas for showing our gratitude towards the people who are fighting this unprecedented battle on our behalf.

To stakeholders, whether in the public or private sector, try to think of what you can do today to ease the burden that these heroic doctors and nurses bear on our behalf. What services or goods could you offer to make their lives easier, to thank them, and help them feel appreciated for what they are doing? It is only by supporting those on the front lines that we can expect to prevail against this deadly virus. At the end of the day, no battle can be won without the backing of the people.

Sri Lanka invests heavily in training and rewarding our doctors and nurses. The practicing of medicine in the national health service of Sri Lanka is one of the noblest and highly regarded professions in the land. The selection processes for our medical and nursing schools are ruthlessly vigorous, and as taxpayers we invest several millions of rupees in training and compensating our doctors and nurses. Yet none of us ever imagined that we would be conscripting them as soldiers to fight for us in the trenches against an invisible enemy.

It is worth pausing to consider that these groups have been vociferous and paralysed our health system in the past by going on strike over squabbles around entitlements and perks. But it seems that when their country needs them the most, they are putting their lives on the line without second thought, embodying, as their Hippocratic Oath calls for, “the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession.” Even once normalcy returns, we must not forget the courage and sacrifice of our doctors and nurses. When you see a doctor or nurse in the future, remind them of their service during this crisis, and thank them.

To produce a doctor requires sacrifice by the state, by their family who supports their education, and by their teachers and mentors. Some doctors, especially those from rural backgrounds, are the product of generations of sweat, toil and sacrifice. As a resilient country that has overcome every struggle that has come our way, we should of course hope for the best, that Covid-19 will be eradicated from our shores before long. But for the sake of our doctors and our people alike, we must also prepare for the worst.

We must make sure that we stockpile the best masks, gloves, gowns and other personal protective equipment they might need, and do our utmost to protect them. Today, they serve as both our soldiers and our generals in this battle, fulfilling a prophecy foretold by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the peak of his rule. It was Napoleon’s Surgeon-General, Baron Larrey, who invented the modern medical concept of triage, as well as the battlefield predecessor to the ambulance.

Astonished at the role Larrey’s advances played in keeping his troops alive, Napoleon said “someday, you medical people will have more lives to answer for than even we generals.” As we take on Covid-19 over 200 years later, the day Napoleon predicted has clearly arrived. This is the doctors’ moment.

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    It is the nature of the masses that they dont care about anything but their needs. They should be provided with all the needs while others dont. That is the thinking pattern of the developing nation of our nature.
    They believe that the govt should and must provide them with all their needs.

    I think COVID-19 is a bless to be seen – the silver lining in a dark cloud. I wonder how some people hold to be very disiplines even in Ambilipitya or ampara or the like rural cities.
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    This should be taken a social experiement – they i mean larger portions prove today if there is properly set -law and order systems, people easily tend to obey the rules.
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    Politicians as LAW makers should bring LAW REFORMS in order to get the people back to proper tracks – people have got through their tests…proving they support… now it is the law makers to do the rest.

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      Mr. Krishantha Prasad Cooray

      RE: Answering The Call Of Duty: The Medical Professionals Of Sri Lanka

      Yes. The medical professionals are the front line soldiers in the fight against the invisible Wuhan China-19, COVID-19 virus. They are trained for this., but should be protected.

      Thanks for your article. Yes, the goal is to stop the spread of the China originated COVID-19 virus, but need to be able to identify the problem- those infected and still at large, who are infecting others. Until , this problem is tackled, the infection will continue at a reduced rate, and one day can explode again, and will stress the medical professional again.

      The COVID-19, was introduced to Sri Lanka initially by the Chinese , then by Sri Lankan Italians. About 13 percent of the infected are Muslims, and the balance, about 87 percent are mostly Sinhala. However, if one goes by the media, Chatura of Ada Derana, MP Aluthgamage and even the Army Commander, one gets the impression that 99 of the infected are Muslims, and that the Muslims introduced the Wuhan China -19 virus. It is clear that this is part of their Sinhala-Buddhist racist agenda, with tacit approval by the current racist state. The medical professionals know it better, and should speak up against this fallacy and racism,.

      Do you have accurate statistics as to the race , ethnicity and religion of those who are infected. ? One wonders, if the cultural and religious practices and health further contributes to the spread of the virus. This is the speculation as to why African Americans and Latinos are infected more compared to the whites. Another issue is cremation vs, burial of the Christians and the Muslims, the “Free” Funeral Services .

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      Krishantha Prasad Cooray ,

      RE: Answering The Call Of Duty: The Medical Professionals Of Sri Lanka

      More challenges for the front-line health care workers.

      Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 infections tally has escalated to 197 as seven more persons tested positive for the deadly virus on Friday.

      The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry confirmed that 136 coronavirus patients are currently under medical care at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda, Base Hospital in Welikanda and Colombo East Base Hospital (CEBH) in Mulleriyawa.

      Six of these new infections have been found from Ja-Ela while the other positive case was reported from Dehiwala, according to the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe.

      The six coronavirus patients from Ja-Ela were among the 28 youths from Suduwella area, who were recently sent to the quarantine centre in Oluvil, the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.

      The COVID-19, was introduced to Sri Lanka initially by the Chinese , then by Sri Lankan Italians. About 13 percent of the infected are Muslims, and the balance, about 87 percent are mostly Sinhala. However, if one goes by the media, Chatura of Ada Derana, MP Aluthgamage and even the Army Commander, one gets the impression that 99 of the infected are Muslims, and that the Muslims introduced the Wuhan China -19 virus. It is clear that this is part of their Sinhala-Buddhist racist agenda, with tacit approval by the current racist state. The medical professionals know it better, and should speak up against this fallacy and racism,.

      Out of the 197 coronavirus cases confirmed in Sri Lanka, 54 patients have been discharged from hospitals after they regained their health completely, while 7 of them succumbed to the virus.

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    Thank your Mr.Corray for the Article .
    Every bit of bitter truth.

    Yes the Health sector staff are true hero’s.
    They are very brave soldiers and we can never ever repay them .
    I extend my gratitude.

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      Fahim,

      In Italy, Germany and several other countries in Europe, they are held as gods since they sacrifice it as no others having worked over 16-18 hours a day.
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      With the huge numbers of admitting patients int o the hospitals in Lombadi region of Italy, it is not at all easy them to provide the patients with the basics sometimes.
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      All these are not known to lankens, since their numbers are not yet that rising…. but european hospitals on the west are well equipped…. they have got over 20 ICU /100 000 while srilankens have got not even 1-2 ICU/100 000, this is why lanken health and govt should have been doing what they are doing today, as of the begining of March.
      Now the horse is gone…. but the danger is still ahead of srilankens.
      I have no doubt the number will go up rapidly in the days to come, though we dont hope it to happen, if such situations would be there, then the numbers that would die would be over estimation.

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    Why China has to pay:

    China can treat their citizens like a number, killing how many they want for social order, but for people who live outside China father, mother, son, daughter, grandmother,grandfather , uncle, Aunty, sister, brother comes before country or the leader. That’s why the evil chineese communist party is a threat to the world. It’s a party which will kill in billions to stay relevant, a satanist state.
    They have caused this virus, and they must pay in trillions of dollars and gold to the world, as compensation. All there external assets must be seized. The ccp should be dismantled permanently.
    It’s responsible for the China virus and world wide corruption of world bodies such as WHO, which was pathetic in its response, it looked more like the China health organization.
    Ccp should be investigated for the killings of Fologong Buddhist and uiger Muslims who’s organs are harvested for organ transplant in ccp hospitals.
    Ccp should be investigated for the extinction of the white rihno herds in Africa, the killing of elephants and tigers .
    The mass killings of pandolin and other animals for fake medicine.
    We as world citizens should sanction China till ccp is broken up, and Tibetan and East Turkestan is free. Fologong Buddhist are free. This Chinese regime has to pay each and every one of us for its negligence and stupidity in exporting the China virus.All chineese external assets should be seized by the country’s involved, Sri Lanka must takeover the port and airport and all assets, Kenya its ports, Zambia its mines etc. America should not pay for its Treasury bills, Chineese assets everywhere should be seized.

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      J
      Once again, you seem to be in a delirium.
      Clam down.
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      Shall we ask the global bandit US to pay first? It has been constantly at war since WW2. It imposes sanctions on countries which it bullies others to abide by. Today it has let a virus affect vast numbers of its own people through utter neglect.
      Why not Japan, which has not paid war damages, especially to Korea and China.
      Why not Britain for all the damage done under itys colonial rule and afterwards as a partner of the US?
      Why not France for wrecking Vietnam, North Africa still looting Africa?
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      When Spain and Italy were affected b y the virus, it was Cuba and China to the rescue, and later Russia.

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    cooray says foods are scarce. [edited out] Anyway, World must not be the same for citizens of the so-called developed countries. for decades, they invaded and destroyed countries; very aggressive in spreading NOT TRADE but capitalism and Neo liberalism. They say security and our interests. So, who are these people. Is it the handful of billionaires or now trillionaires. by the time this ends may be 100,000 or more from the developed world may have been cremated. but, what is the use use of all those talks for those people.
    All over the world, medical professionals are doing their best while facing a deadlier disease.
    Anyway, Sri lankan forces, Police, Medical professionals, govt workers and even business people have been very good in front of a determined political leadership. Earlier we were scolding the govt workers. Now their bosses say their workers are doing greatest work to help those stranded by the covid-19 problem.
    Only problem is some muslims seems to be not listening. For example, most of the observations needs come from muslim villages. It seems they are a lot who are not listening to the media and they listen only to the mosque. On the other hand, even the educated muslims and moderate muslims seem to pull the same string,.
    Muslims, do not talk about that viruses can stay dried for centuries and when the opportunity comes they can come alive again. In high altitude of Tibet, Egyptian burial chambers of mummies viruses have been found. that is after hundred or 5000 years after., Some believe those viruses found in the Egyptian burial chambers may have killed the king.

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    In the early stages of the covid-19 outbreak, Sri Lankan TV had many panel discussions in which child specialists etc were given prominence rather than epidemiologists or virologists. It was later understood that those initially given prominence were in fact trade unionists who had a hand in toppling the previous regime and the favours were being returned. While the doctors of any standing or specialty should be supported at this juncture the advise of the experts in public health should have been obtained earlier in the war against the virus. It is also very important for the public to be told the truth about fatalities and projected infection numbers, given that the community testing framework is still mediocre in Sri Lanka.

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      Lasantha Pethiagoda: You do not have to be a Specialist Virologist in the exact discipline to comment on that unless you are a researcher on Corona virus who may come close or researcher on Covid-19 who may say we are looking into that. Specialists have the basic degree too.
      Be reasonable but not stupid.

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        Lasantha Pethiyagoda is spot on as per the specialty of doctors coming on TV to talk about Covid-19. We don’t need Paediatricians to lecture to us on Corona when there are microbiology/virology specialists in the country. After all will you get a Morris Minor mechanic to fix your BMW?

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      Dear Lasantha,
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      They dont care about real specialists, nor would the brother duo grasp the least.
      Day before yesterday only, they perhaps noticed that GMOA mad dogs are not specialists for contagious disease control, nor are they hearted ones. All is in dark today. They the mad dogs dont let real experts to expresse their heart out.
      GMOA makes every effort to iron out their profile by abusing the situation.
      Media ballige puthas too, invite them as their DISCUSSON round panelists… i really dont know why even SIRASA goes after them, calling that Dr Pawdeniya on and on. Media owners and these abusive men are living in that symbiosis.
      Nevertheless i respect SIRASA for being somewhere reliable with their headlines but Derana AND Hiru are just murderers and make every effort to fish in muddy waters. British premiers situation was reported as -serious by HIRU TV, now may be trying to settle it with a compensation.
      All and all, GOTABAYA has become an another SIRISENA as of today.
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      They the govt has now been doing , should have been doing as of earliy March… then we could score lot more in the interntional arena to have settled the CORONA criisis to the top.

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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiZ4s52alA8

        Please share this … to all that have a brain.

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        This is very critical moments of lanken politics
        Why to ignore it – they the brother duo, only day before summoned the University experts and sought their support on the containment of COVID 19 SARs COV2 virus
        Why they all along relied on GMOA, knowing that they are not the epxerts in community diseases, why the brother duo were not hearted enough to see it right as of early March ?

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    “Human” is one among the living species, such as elephant, cow, tiger, crow, pigeon, etc……etc…… Interestingly we never add the word “BEING” to any of the other living, other than “HUMAN”. Why this term is added and calls “HUMAN BEING”. In this essay, it is stated: “Before you become a politician or doctor or soldier, you must be a “HUMAN BEING” (emphasis by me). This is the main aspect, I believe the good writer is conveying to us. That unique quality of “BEING” has been taken away from the “HUMAN” by vultures who profess to be good samaritans fighting hard to bring prosperity and happy life to the living. Thank you for writing this essay and hope all of you would seriously consider the meaning of “BEING” and be “BEING” in every sense of the word.

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    Thank you Mr Cooray for a touching article. Up to date no one has written about the problems doctors and their families are facing. This is a very appropriate article. I am sure everyone attached to the medical field will appreciate this article.

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    Dear Krishantha Cooray,
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    I have read some of your previous sound essays, but this may be the first that I’m commenting on – and I do so to commend to you this 30-minute video, which seems to give us a lot of home truths.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5zfWpm91k
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    That is a Dr Sanjith Mendis of Matara. The link was given to us by “Leelagemalli” in a comment here:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/covid-19-downright-disinformation-should-be-worse-than-rumour-mongering/
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    This is well worth listening to more than once, but only for the content! Not for the video/ sound quality. It is in Sinhalese, which of course is the most important language for us in this country, but it may not be comprehensible to half our CT readers.
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    I write with some difficulty on a fading notebook computer. No power. It’s got erratic after our first shower of rain in a long time. I’ll try to say more about this later; I’m focussing on giving you the link.
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    Panini Edirisinhe aka “Sinhala_Man”

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      My Dear Mr Edirisinghe,
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      Hope you are doing well. As I had been thinking of you, I happened to read this post from you.
      Please dont let us be alone at this critical period… you have once been a guru to all of us on CT platform.
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      No need to be worried of the COVID-19 – so long you respect all the steps being adhered to the exact manner you are asked to do so by health authorities. I know you are not vulnerable as many have been … those who suffer from asthma or COPD… are among the easy targets in the healing process after being infected by the virus.
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      Please get your medicine posted to your home, dont go to pharmacies by yourself…just be at home. All the very best for you and your family.
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      May the gods be with you – and wishing you/your family a happy easter !

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    We can assume that medical Professionals and even PHIs have the subject knowledge and there fore they know what they are doing. But, think about the forces fellows, particularly soldiers. They are not educated in the subject field. They can not refuse as they are bound to follow orders. In that sense, they are the greatest. Only good thing is they are healthy fit fellows because of that their bodies can take so much beating and body immunity face it.
    Otherwise, even in 20s people have died by Covid-19.
    Because of that, I think, there should be some circulation of army soldiers instead of using the same group over and over again.

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    Whilst I completely agree with Mr. Cooray that the Medical Professionals are doing a fantastic job and the government must pay heed to their advise and celebrate the valour of our health workers I am immensely thankful that Gota is in power and not the UNF. They would have been clueless like they were clueless in April last year.

    I am saying this being a UNP supporter and somebody who voted for Sajith at the last election. We are fed -up of politics and need people who will act on matters. Let Gota do what he is doing. There is no need for parliament to get involved. Being in Parliament the UNF didn’t do anything last April and it is likely that nothing would have happened this April too if the UNF was in power.

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    I read this article with interest. This is the first time someone has written an article from the view point of the doctors. I like to thank Mr Cooray for a well thought and appropriate article. I hope the authorities will give recognition for Mr Cooray’s idieas

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    Super article. This is the way-forward.

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    Yes. Doctors, nurses and other health care personnel are performing inestimable service to the people during this unprecedented pandemic caused by a virus whose danger is still not fully understood by the experts. Test kits, masks, gloves, and other PPE are also in short supply. That means these medical personnel are putting their own and their loved ones’ lives at great risk. Their professionalism, commitment, and selflessness should indeed be applauded. In fact, this is the sentiment in most peoples’ hearts at this critical hour. But sadly, it is some of their own colleagues and their political and media backers who are undermining their work and tarnishing their image. Padeniya and his coterie of medical thugs who have hijacked the GMOA and SLMA are conniving with the ruling Rajapaksa-Military Junta which is determined to mine the current tragedy for their maximum political benefit. Cheaply vilifying the western world’s valiant fight against the pandemic, Padeniya and his accomplices are violating all norms of medical ethics and professional conduct by grandstanding about the mythical powers of the “morally superior” Sinhala-Buddhist nation to conquer the Corona virus unlike the “selfish, decadent” West. The Rajapaksa Groupie Pavithra is so obscene in her sucking up to her masters and the Chinese government, it makes you sick. Screaming like a rowdy woman from a Mudukkuwa, she attacks the unfortunate victims of the deadly virus on the basis of their race and religion. She is spewing hate speech against vulnerable minorities in order to cover up her mishandling of the crisis at its initial stages. Also, the shaken government wants to quickly find a scapegoat for its inadequacies, and also to humour its racist supporters, especially the militant monks, including the cross-dresser Malcolm Thero. Actually it is the government politicians and the Padeniya medical mafia who are putting Sri Lankans lives in danger by spreading fake news in the country regarding COVID-19.

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      [Contd. from above]
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      The totally corrupt and primitive Sri Lankan media – both state and private – are further amplifying the hate message by manufacturing more fake news. Sri Lanka’s predicament is understandably much worse than most countries as it is hit with a double whammy. Exactly three months before the COVID-19 outbreak, Sri Lanka was dealt a body blow by an even more deadlier virus, GOTA-19.

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    This is a timely and sensible article. I wish the authorities take note of some of the points the writer is making. This article should be translated and given to our health workers.

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    SJ, only you seems to be knowing about China, Cuba and Russia helping Europe. Your comparison of a Pandemic with war is pretty pathetic. I really do not see a difference (in sensorium )between you and the guy you are trying to check mate. How on Earth, are your tangential comments , related to this particular article. Elsewhere when I said India had send 10 tonnes worth of medical supply , you questioned how much it is worth ??? If it is about spelling (tones vs tonnes you go check your self). If it is in terms of money ??? can we put a price for every life saved. Say if Lanka is planning to send leftover body bags to China , how much it will be worth ????? You the expert ?????

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    SJ, if you are looking for spelling errors and typos , be my guest. I will provide you enough to keep you busy. Its a deal .

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    Thank you very much for a very good timely article. This is the first time I read an article appreciating the role played by medical professionals to fight the deadly Coronaviras. As a person who has many family members from the medical profession Mr Cooray’s thoughts and suggestions are deeply appreciated.

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    I wish these articles are translated to Sinhala so that more people will appreciate the role played by doctors and nurses. This is a very useful article. Hopefully the government will stop playing politics and unite everyone to fight this virus

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    Mr Cooray, I would like to congratulate you for writing this article. Although in most countries, medical professionals working to fight the covid 19 virus, is appreciated, it is sadly not so in Sri Lanka. Your article is the first I have seen, appreciating the role of the dedicated medical professionals. I will be forwarding this article, to all my doctor friends.
    Thank you Colombotelegraph for posting these kind of articles.

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    Great article and it will be appreciated by the doctors and nurses. Our future depends on them.

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    As doctors we really appreciate Mr Cooray’s article. It is always nice to be appreciated by the public. Hope Colombo telegraph can translate this article to Sinhala.

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