5 June, 2020

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Covid-19: Downright Disinformation Should Be Worse Than Rumour Mongering

By M.M. Janapriya

Dr. M.M. Janapriya

This article should not be construed as trying to undermine and /or belittle the good work done by members of the anti-corona Presidential task force. Sri Lanka is doing a sterling job of containing the spread of this deadly virus. Fortunately the job is being done in military style with military precision with great results which is indeed the only way to go about it. There is a good chance that any other government presiding over this pandemic could well have made a mockery of it. All the same if any individual ‘expert’ comes on popular TV and misinforms the public we, as educated and senior members of the public have a duty of care by our brethren to try and highlight it.   

This is exactly what my endeavor is, by trying to correct the barrage of disinformation delivered on the management of Covid-19, directed towards an unsuspecting public at a recent episode of a weekly panel show telecast over a private albeit nationwide television channel. The show is “Aluth Parlimenthuwa” and the date is 25th March 2020. There were 3 medical personnel, a high ranking police officer and another person on the panel. The factual inaccuracies were glaring and staring at one’s face but yet the other two doctors were either too timid to correct this particular panelist or the misrepresentations flew over their heads or indeed the poor doctors were genuinely unaware of the correct facts. 

You can watch this entire episode below. Please concentrate on what the participant says from 1:12:35 to 1:15:12.

This program is being conducted in Singhalese and for those of you out there who may not fully understand what is on the video here is an English translation.

“When you ask us to quantify the number of beds (he means ICU beds) in hospitals it is a case of 12/100,000 in Italy and 2/100,000 in Sri Lanka. However there are specific ways in which this should be factored in. When we take these numbers in to consideration we have 570 ICU beds but there are only 2 (Corona) patients in the ICU as at present. The question is this. This is the amount of resources physically available. If we fail to push the spread level backwards from 3a to 2 with all our containment measures and it goes from 3a to 4 even the hospital employees would be affected. We need enough personnel to be able to put the available resources in to full use. If people act irresponsibly and if the hospital employees need to be quarantined we will not be able to use the available resources as we would be short of staff to use them.  

This is what happened in the said Italy. Not that they lacked resources but their trained staff also had gone in to self-quarantine. This is why I am reiterating the importance of pushing back the spread from 3a to 2 again. If by chance the spread moves to 4 then we will have to face a major challenge. This is what the arithmetic says. (Comment MMJ:  So far so good. Argument stands to reason. The crunch statements however start with the next paragraph) 

How did the so called developed countries face this situation? They declared no ICU bed should be given to anyone over 70 years of age. They brought in legislation to stop those over 50 years with malignancies being entitled to an ICU bed and you showed us how people in the so called developed world protested over this using abusive language. This is what has happened to us who have been so jubilant about globalization, today.

Because of this, people in developed countries want to come back to Sri Lanka. Even today some asked me if they could come back chartering a flight and were prepared to pay any amount of money to go straight in to quarantine.

People must know we are not a nation that do such things. We are a country that says “siyak ayu leba, mageth ayu gena matath wada kal geewath wenna” meaning “please take the hundred years of my life and live longer than me”. Hence we are not prepared to deny the said machine (ventilator) not only to 70, 80, 90 and 100 year olds but to even 110 year olds. Our health workers want to save the lives ranging from infancy to any age.”  

This is bordering on drunken gibberish. Those of us who are medical professionals who would have watched this program must have, no doubt, been angered the way I have been at the dissemination of false information to the innocent public. In my near half a century long medical practice I have come to respect our public more and more as they proved to be a lot that have utmost faith in our doctors. So much so Sri Lankans are a nation who would unreservedly thank doctors almost falling at their feet, for according medical care to their loved one who has just passed away not despite but, because of the treatment the person received. This is why I feel so aggrieved about the matter. 

Please pay your attention to the first para of the highlighted text. This was said exhibiting a high degree of pomposity and a similar degree of contempt towards European countries worst affected by the Corona outbreak. You would appreciate it as an utterance coming from a person occupying an imaginary high pedestal in the vast expanse of the unfamiliar field of the Corona virus. He is talking as if we have won the virus and the western world have gone completely crazy. I agree as would most people that there is a much wider spread of and a much higher mortality rate from the Covid-19 in these countries than in ours and in the south eastern part of the globe. There are so many reasons why this could be so over and above being a bit late on bringing in social distancing. 

Firstly the virus hit them in the thick of winter when they were most vulnerable. Most viruses play havoc during the cold weather. The seasonal flu, winter vomiting virus etc. Secondly the virus also hit the most vulnerable age, the elderly. Lombardy the worst hit part of Italy had the highest population of the oldest in the world. Naturally Corona crowned itself there killing large numbers. The average age of the dead in this part was 81 years. Thirdly the virus started to spread very rapidly in northern Italy than the rest of the country for some inexplicable reason. Fourthly as we know very little about this virus it may well be that the brown and the black races are genetically more resistant to this virus than the white and the yellow races. Finally letting the virus spread at a reasonable pace through the whole population might well have been what they planned for. As we know very well some countries like the UK wanted to let the virus run through the entire population at a slower pace by delaying the exposure in order to achieve herd immunity. It looks that their strategy is still the same though they have brought in some strictures to slow down the spread and the death rate. Eventually, either way, the number of dead is very likely to be the same. Italy is experiencing almost an apocalypse primarily because of its’ high concentration of rich senior citizens in their midst.

At the beginning, the Italians offered ITU care for all needy patients independent of age if their premorbid functional capacity was good. Later on when they were getting overwhelmed the demand for ventilators become more than the number available. This is when they had to prioritize and prioritize they did. It is at this point that the attending doctors had to use a triaging system to accord intensive care and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Times became extremely hard for the Italians. You may have read about the previously fit and healthy 72 year old Italian priest who gave away his ventilator to a younger patient and gracefully embraced death. One Italian nurse watching people fall one after another and another feeling helpless committed suicide. Nearly 40 frontline medical doctors have died in Italy so far.

In peace times (as opposed to now which can be regarded as a war setting) intensivists prioritize admissions to ICUU all the time. As surgeons we interact with the ICU staff much more than the doctor (he must be having an ICU of his own) who made these unpleasant utterances and as such we know exactly how difficult it is to get a patient in to the ICU. I am referring to the ICU of one of the best West London Hospitals where I worked for over 12 years to March 2017. We have to empathize with these hard hit countries and offer them any help if we can in this hour of need than speak of them contemptuously from a position of temporary and imaginary strength.

The rhetoric, the tenor and the content is despicable to say the least and not in keeping with the standards expected from a senior doctor occupying a high position in the department of Health Services of Sri Lanka. Now I would like to draw your kind attention to the last paragraph. This utterance reminds me of that urban fox who accidentally drank a potful of illicit brew in a bush and challenged the lion. The fox deflated at the sound of a lion roar. Please read the said paragraph several times. It is very interesting. I watched that part of the video about 20 times, may be more! This doctor is reading off a script including the quote “Siyak ayu leba etc. So, this seems a low level delivery of inflated deliberate disinformation.

“Hence we are not prepared to deny the said machine (ventilator) not only to 70, 80, 90 and 100 year olds but to even 110 year olds” Take this sentence which is absolute downright political trash. It is possible that he genuinely believed this to be so. This is evident from one of the previous statements he made that appears in the first paragraph in italics which goes as “When we take these numbers in to consideration we have 570 ICU beds but there are only 2 (Corona) patients in the ICU as at present”. So with his hyped up pre-emptive and premature confidence in containing the virus his arithmetic was simple. 570-2=568. We have 568 beds to play around with so that if containment proceeded at a reasonable pace we would still have enough ICU beds to accord even a 110 year old an ICU bed. This could have been his line of thinking which is clearly, way off the mark. This is an extremely sad state of affairs and could be due to any one or more of the following. 1) The poor man is genuinely incapable of scientifically analyzing the facts and figures of the current situation and a possible worse scenario 2) This is just an euphoric bluster of miserable misinformation 3) Playing politics with facts and figures 4) A rare but a dangerous manifestation of Covid-19 itself similar to the ENT surgeon who died in the UK of Corona presenting with loss of voice 5) a politically intoxicated cerebrum, the Betz cells of which letting the poor doctor down. Before I leave this paragraph I must reiterate that I have never seen a 100 year old or even a 95 year old on a ventilator in any of the hospitals I worked in, both in Sri Lanka and abroad. I worked in Sri Lanka for 35 years, and in the UK 14 years and counting. I was an observer at the Tokyo Women’s Medical School Hospital, Tokyo Japan for 3 months, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong for 3 months, University Hospital of NSW, Kograh, Sydney, Australia for 1 month and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Australia for 2 months. Since I left the regular job in the NHS in March 2017 I have done locum work both as Registrar and as Consultant in more than 10 hospitals in and around London and also in Cardiff. My last job was just a few weeks ago at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire as an on call Consultant General Surgeon for 28 hours on the 18th and 19th February 2020.  

The good doctor had been completely oblivious to those patients with traumatic brain, chest, abdominal and multiple long bone injuries, non-trauma surgical emergencies like bowel perforations, obstructions etc., Obstetrics and Gynaecological emergencies like postoperative respiratory support, amniotic fluid embolism and pelvic sepsis leading to septicaemia, complicated medical problems like encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), ascending myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord) etc. who would already be occupying a lion’s share of the functional ICU beds. He has indeed accepted that this is the case just 9 days prior to making this `lose cannon’ statement. This is an excerpt of a letter he wrote jointly with another doctor to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, No. GMOA/HE/2020/0003 dated 16/03/2020 titled GMOA Proposes drastic measures to control COVID 19 pandemic. “Furthermore, containing the disease is the only path available to our country as our ICU services, including ventilator support, which is necessary to treat patients with advanced COVID19, is already at maximal utilization with virtually no reserve” (penultimate paragraph of the letter)

If, at the time of saying he was going to offer ICU beds to even 110 year olds, he had already forgotten the fact that he had written a letter to the President of the country to the effect that there is no ICU reserve left, time interval being just 9 days, then this seems to be a case of recent memory loss. As such the question arises as to whether such individuals should be allowed to continue to practice medicine without being subject to an expert panel to check their fitness to practice. 

Politicians can be excused for using slogans, rhetorical language and even downright lies, for, the whole world knows that is what they do. On the other hand, professionals in state service or for that matter independent ones too, even if their balance has got a bit upset by imbibition of party politics, they should be careful enough to read through their notes several times, if necessary get them edited by someone better prior to them placing the material before the public. True, you are absolutely right, the majority of our television audience especially of the channel involved is innocent unsuspecting public but what you forgot is that there are those eagle eyed people like us who would very quickly notice the dichotomy and falsehoods entrenched in any utterances such as yours.

The bitter truth is though only a negligible number of us would take the trouble to try and flag it up so that the perpetrator has a chance to correct himself.   

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    I know Dr Rajitha didn’t like Dr Padeniya..
    May be Dr Rajitha is not alone .

    Anyway I got a chance to watch the speech of the new Police Media Spokesperson who is doing a fantastic job to keep the inhabitants informed about the Corona Virus.
    And helping them to protect themselves and their beloved from this deadly virus.

    I thought that is the most important bit in that whole Program
    And I like to thank the Host for that alone…

    May God bless that Srilankan Italian Lady for that ” Informative” Video about our Lankawe Corona beating Isolation & Quarantine Program ..

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      Thanks you very much Dr. Janapriya for this expose.
      Most of the public of the country knows that GMOA is a Rajapaksea regime political outfit and a bunch of morally and intellectually corrupt and bankrupt individuals, who take money from Big Drug companies.
      There is also an outfit called the Institute for Health Policy which is funded by big drug companies to sell the WHO narrative.
      There is no independent research done in this country at this time
      GMOA should be disbanded and the con doctors in it black listed. GMOA also worked with the IUSF to destroy the university education system with senseless protests

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        Please check the information given below:
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        Selected ICU Bed Availability by country with per capita healthcare spending and life expectancy at birth [3, 6, 22–27]*
        Country ICU beds per 100,000 people Per Capita Healthcare Cost** Life Expectancy at Birth
        United States 20.0–31.7 $7,164 79
        Canada 13.5 $3,867 81
        Denmark 6.7–8.9 $3,814 79
        Australia 8.0–8.9 $3,365 82
        South Africa 8.9 $843 54
        Sweden 5.8–8.7 $3,622 81
        Spain 8.2–9.7 $2,941 82
        Japan 7.9 $2,817 83
        UK 3.5–7.4 $3,222 80
        New Zealand 4.8–5.5 $2,655 81
        China 2.8–4.6 $265 74
        Trinidad & Tobago 2.1 $1,237 70
        Sri Lanka 1.6 $187 71
        Zambia — $80 48
        *Estimates are pooled from multiple sources and involve different definitions of ICU beds, and different years of data
        **includes all public and private expenditures, not limited to critical care

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          Great write-up Dr.J.

          “The rhetoric, the tenor and the content is despicable to say the least and not in keeping with the standards expected from a senior doctor occupying a high position in the department of Health Services of Sri Lanka. “

          The fact that an ignorant political hack has made it to a leadership position in the GMOA reflects badly on those who voted him in. You have not remarked on the shocking “inguru-kotthamalli” recommendation by another doctor (?) on the panel.

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            Check out Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) Operation Dark Winter
            Location Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, outside Washington DC U.S.
            Date June 22, 2001 – June 23, 2001
            Operation Dark Winter was the code name for a senior-level bio-terrorist attack simulation conducted from June 22–23, 2001.[1][2][3] It was designed to carry out a mock version of a covert and widespread smallpox attack on the United States. Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies (CCBS) / Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Randy Larsen and Mark DeMier of Analytic Services were the principal designers, authors, and controllers of the Dark Winter project.
            Is JHU and USAID which is setting up bio-surveillance globally and in Sri Lanka at the new VOA Hospital equipped with Robots, data analysis models, and algorythms to game the data using the Big pharma funded WHO-GMOA to spread the Covid 19 pancidemic narrative, also massaging the case numbers to fit the panic narrative?

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            Dear Old codger,
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            I stayed up all night and listened, like you, to all of the “Nava Parlimenthuwa”
            . I will be making some very long comments a little below “Simon de Silva’s” compliment.
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            I don’t consider “inguru-kotthamalli” shocking. Who knows, it may even prove to be where the cure comes from. At this moment, when all of us are at sixes and sevens, it may have some “placebo” value. The psychological aspect of this crisis is extremely important. There may not be much harm in our villagers imbibing lots of “koththamalli” (I’m a villager – but at this moment I’m alone in my Bandarawela house, with the rest of the family being in Maharagama so I must mash as I can)
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            Are we doing something more intelligent than that?
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            Let’s make the best of this world that we can, before ague, thrombosis (I don’t know what that is, but it sounds fearsome), or multiple sclerosis (that sounds even worse!), or COVID-19, finally slays us. I’m a bit afraid of death, but I have long known its inevitability.
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            Consolation: my wife and I will leave behind two daughters. The elder is a sweet girl, but has been made to suffer much. The other has two delightful daughters – as I understand it, 25% of their genes are mine. Many whom I know are going to leave no progeny behind. I’m frustrated about many things, but I know that I have not had the worst of lives.
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            Cheers!
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            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) aka Sinhala_Man
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            P.S. A call from an old pupil who wanted to know how to live without “normal” food. I told him what I’d written – or we could starve to death.

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              Dear Mr SM,
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              Dont be that sad or helpless. I have no doubt, that researchers will succeed a vaccine sooner than later.
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              Perhaps you might know it, not only drug thrapies but also your psychology to be in positive mood help everyone to recover. So, dont even think of a death. If you would obey the precautionary actions, as doctors ask you to do, you would not be infected.
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              You can also listen to the following video clips

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fjMxSyz36U
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wak8UQebNDs
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQbxAsBKffk
              Please check it on the web, there are lot more information.
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              Eat well, and be as usual. So long you would not contact the infected, you would be safe.
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              God bless you !.

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                Thanks, Desperate Sinhalaya.
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                Actually, I know myself to be one of the more fortunate people, living in one of the best climates in the world.
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                I’ve viewed all the clips that you’ve sent me, and that is the reason for my thanking you. But only those three, not what they lead to. The problem with the Internet is that they go on and on.
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                The weather up here is about to change – the lightning associated with the Bak Maha Akuna is about to take over from the long, relatively hot, drought.
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                https://www.meteoblue.com/en/weather/week/bandarawela_sri-lanka_1250308
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                But not yet for the whole of Sri Lanka. However, will this lead to “European-type” figures? One hopes that this lock-down treatment will end soon – the economic cost for the survivors could be terrible.
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                I’m happy enough; Death should never be an obsession, but we, must face up to its inevitability as individuals. Provided life goes on.
                .
                We see everything from a human perspective, obviously. After all, the coronavirus itself is probably a life-form that is fighting its own battle to survive. It must be thinking of the vaccine that we are trying to develop as “an infection” that it must escape!
                .
                May you be blessed for all the blessings you sincerely bestow on others!

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              S.M,
              You seem rather depressed. That’s natural, but please do remember that more people have died in accidents than of Corona virus in the same period.
              As to inguru koththamalli, it is true that it relieves the SYMPTOMS of flu, like congestion. But it doesn’t kill viruses, and suggesting it does is dangerous. Drugs like Ascoril work even better, but do doctors come on TV to promote them?
              I believe you said something about logic somewhere. Well, dear SM, in science logic alone is not good enough. Our eyes tell us that the earth is flat, but we now know it damn well isn’t.

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                Thanks, Old codger,
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                I know very little of Medicine. In most other areas of knowledge, I feel that I’m reasonably well informed. However, now that you’ve pointed it out, I understand what you mean.
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                The mortality rate pers se is not what bothers me; it is the economic plunge that will follow that depresses. I know that such effects are slow, and it could well be that these pandemics were common enough earlier, and that modern concern for the rights of individuals will not let these effects be forgotten.
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                https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/irv.12238
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                You have chosen the illustrative point well. Correct. Deductive Logic alone cannot help us make day to day decisions. Logic syllabi usually incorporate a scond paper on Scietific Method.
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                Tired. Wanted to say more on this page; perhaps tommorrow.
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          Hello Leelawathie,
          It is good to see your stat, but would you mind telling us the quality of the medical care given at the SL, ICU? In that regard your SL ICU beds may rank at the bottom of the list (best to worst in that order). Do you really have ICU beds in SL hospitals? or are they hall-way side walk beds even without mats on the floor, filthy toilets and no running water to wash hands (forgot the back also). Dont try to mislead with your stat. May be your low IQ sinhala-buddhist will celebrate your stat.

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            Hello Velu,
            I did not try to mislead anyone but i thought to add some facts about the country for your and others information.
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            I beg to differ in far poor countries may have at least few bed-capacities. But bottom line here is even in the rich western nations,, have been unable to facilitate it with ICU facilities.
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            I am a science graduate and I dont think you ve the right to attack any personalities this way.
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            It is just that many mix it up today, just because they own a smart phone on their disposal to post any evasive thoughts but not being bound to any facts on the ground. :


            Besides, I myself dont live in SL so I cant know it well, but they the MEDICAL doctors keep adding their two cents to the forums reveal that the ICU facitlies in SL are is very less.
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              I live in Sri Lanka and visit UK about once or twice a year.

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              Hello Leelawatie,
              I dont know the intention of your posting, but it implies the ICU services is better there than in so called developed countries. However, I didnt take your posting on a personal basis. Your posting will be taken up by people like Eagle Eye to tell that how best is ICU services in SL. This is why raised the question of quality. You may be a science graduate, in the mean time we are as good as or have got better understanding of the issues. I am personally aware of how I was treated at ICU in SL for broken wrist and spine fracture by the attendants there.

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                Velu,
                It was just to give people down there a comparison about ICU availablities per country.
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                In a country almost everything is not taken serious, incl. statistics, I thought to add some from a journal paper. That is it. Rajakashes would not let truths be sowed because their nemesi s could speed up if people would be knowledgeble.
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                I know Eagle eye or the like make their misinformation out of anything.
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                Sorry to hear about not improving hospitals conditions in the country, but I dont think it will in in the years to come. Anyways, I have noticed that Dr Senaratne achieved a lot for the poor – by reducing the prices of numerous medical drugs.
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                Local media did not praise his achievements for some hidden reasons. He is among the few who made radical chainges in Health sytem in the country. I am not into politics in SL, but WE SHOULD be able call a spade a spade.

                I don think general mind set would get it easily that COVID-19 could spread exponentially if many would ignore the measures need to be taken as the doctors and specialists ask them to do.
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                No Pirith or anything would be able to block the spread but PRECUATIONARY actions.
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                Not only our people, but many in Developing countries would not know the real danger of the COVID-19.
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                Such rhetorics, if we could win a war against LTTE; why not we cant win it against deadly virus – should BE out of their public info… i think govt failed to control it at the begining…. and their stupid politics, destined the poor people s health today.
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                God bless srilanka !

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                  Dear Leelawathie Jayasinghe,
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                  So, haughty you are a Science Graduate.
                  I am impressed. You seem to imply that owing to your having a degree you are very knowledgeable about everything.
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                  I am only an Arts Graduate. There was only one subject, finally, in my BA. degree – only English. I have never been outside Asia while you seem to live in a “developed country”; so perhaps, by now you may have overtaken me even in English. Actually, I don’t even live in the Western Province. I live where I was born – in the Uva Province.
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                  However, I feel that I understand this present crisis better than you do. I have studied some Logic – I even taught it a little before I completed my B.A. That class was organised by Ravinatha Ariyasinghe. I’m not sure if all eight passed their G.A.Q (External) Philosophy, but Ravinatha certainly did. I completed my degree as an internal student of Peradeniya University.
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                  There were many distractions in Peradeniya University. Please see all the politics that I got involved in while there.
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                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/violence-against-tamils-at-peradeniya-university-a-portent/
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                  So, you were a great supporter of the Sri Lankan armed forces during our Eelam War. I liked neither Eelam, nor the War. Even now, I’m all for reconcilliation with our Tamil brethren. I did not vote for Gota.
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                  What to do, Leelawathie; I am only a hapless Arts Graduate?
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                  We will both die – and then, at last, we will be equal!

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                    Dear Mr SM,
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                    Thanks for your comment.
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                    Why to be that negative with death ? U sound to be bit different today. I have been a fan of yours for such a long time. I read your comments whenver I log myself on to this forum. I also like the meaningful comments being added by Mr Native Vedda.
                    Please do take care of you. Just do some physical excercises on daily basis.
                    The reason why I added me to be a graduate was that Mr Velu attacked me for no reason. There I had to defend myself. Else, I would not have added it above.

                    Stay healthy !
                    God Bless !
                    LJ

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                      Dear Leelawathie,
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                      Many thanks for the kindly advice in such contrast to my nasty remarks.
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                      I’ve obviously misunderstood much; I thank you for your kindness.
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                      Dr Janapriya has not only cleared up about his status, but had also posted another article by the time I saw your comment a few hours ago. He seems to be really committed.
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                      I’ve studied your exchange with Velu, and also your early compilation of statistics. It’s all quite complex, but I see that like so many of us, you are striving to be constructive in what you say.
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                      It all adds upto it being necessary for us to exchange views honestly.

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      GMOA’s Covid 19 data and figures and the Health Bureau numbers are suspect.
      So too the figures on the CIA funded Johns Hopkins University global surveillance Covid 19 project website.
      We are not told how many people were symptomatic or very mild in Sri Lanka.

      The first patient who died was a Kidney transplant patient with diabetes and the second died in Negambo Hospital when Covid 19 patients are being treated at IDH?!!

      They are padding the figures to justify the brutal and unnecessary curfews to spread the panicdemic narrative with big Phama funded WHO.
      The US Covid 19 panicdemic story to destroy Asian economies by triggering de-globaliation has however backfired badly on the US and its EU partners.

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      Dear Dr Janapriya,
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      Thanks very much for your article. You have articulated them as no others sofar. Hat off to you sir ! You belong to the category of our SINHALA MAN, who would not stay away, if his pen could do lot more than he feels.
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      To tell you Dr, I am glad to see, at least one SENIOR DOCTOR with over 50 years experience in the professions to have come up breaking the silence where almost many among the retired medical doctors, university interllectuals, higher professionals and the experts in medicine stay mum even if any HEARSAYS of non-professionals becoming the main source of information to the innocient viewers in the country today.
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      Exactly the truth you have been explaining above, that the highest elderly population of the world is in Lombadi province of Italy which is the country where the density of death is the highest according to hitherto reports.
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      And also you are exact about that this COVID-19 became part of their symptoms, where the people in europe and other geographical part of the earth are caught by their winter season. WIth winter being dawned, people depending on their own physical immunity easily get caught by viral fevers of even unknown nature, and that people in Europe (Germany, France, Switzerland) have the habbit to get vaccinated, if they want to, against such influenza or the like heath problems. I myself did that shortly before I was about to finish my graduate studies years back now. In winter times, even youth get easily sick for various reasons.

      And about the Dr Paddeniya: I dont take anything serious if this guy makes effort to share, becasue his is biased to RAJAPAKSHE politics for some hidden reasons. He should NOT be the President of GMOA or any other executive bodies, if any unbiased politicians would see it right.

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      GMOA meeharakas ruin the innocient mind set by bringing their kind of rhetorics in order to mislead the nation for their hidden gains. These gains are public secret and they would continue to support SLPP being disguised as beloved doctors.
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      Besides, a country and nation, filled with masses whose knowledge is far from the statiscally collected information regarding the manner they get cheated easily – to provide with buddhistic slogans which may be coming from Jathaka Stories. Like for example,

      mothers turn their blood into mother’s milk – is very familiar myth in srilanken society. how could this ever be the case, while human physiology proves that the milk glands do it when a woman becomes a mother.
      But above the like sayings go viral in lanken society. The skin head SIVURU wearers repeat them so that the listeners would not utter any single word against; singers and reciters make new kind of songs based on such myths RESULTING gullible mind set would not utter a single word, but beleive in..
      That is why today we see, even HIGH criminal MAFIA boss wears a thick band of PIRITHA NOOLE around his wrists, no matter even convicted high criminal follows him… asked why you guys wear it, being just said, to earn some blessings. Even contract killers in the society, if you would open your eyes, you would not disagree with me, them wearing the the same PIRITHA noole… the very same manner, Mahinda Rajakshe does, they just follow… this is how the society is in making today… now the millitary face lifting is being added by Gotabaya, since he does not know to use brains, but to achieve on his command is his vision. Please open you guys your little brain and grasp it. ‘
      These ballige puthas would RUIN this country to all unexpected levels.

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      Dr. M M Janapriya,

      Thanks for your article.

      Now, what do the monks do?

      Chant Purith every day. If there is a single COVID-19 infected person, then others will be infected. They should ask for social distancing. Is prostration to monks also needed? The virus does not care about monks who hijacked Buddhism, and others brainwashed beliefs.

      The chief prelates of Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters have requested all Buddhist temples in the country to chant ‘Pirith’ every day for a consecutive week.

      This request comes as Covid-19 cases tally of Sri Lanka is on the rise, and the risks of the local outbreak are yet to be eliminated.

      The chief prelates have also appealed to the general public to join this religious programme from their homes while adhering to the health guidelines of the government.

      Accordingly, all Buddhist temples in the country are to chant ‘Pirith’ for a period of an hour (7.00 pm to 8.00 pm) every day for a week starting from tomorrow (01). They have been requested to ring the temple’s bell, to observe Pansil, to chant Ratana Sutta and Girimananda Sutta followed by an act of truth (Sacca Kriya) performed at 7.55 pm in all temples to seek blessings for the people.

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        Dr. M M Janapriya,

        With the purith chanting by the monks, the number of cases seem to go up, and one more dead.

        Are the monks chanting the wrong pirith, or are they chanting for COVID-19!?

        A Land like no other, where the mean Measured IQ is 79.

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          Bro Amarasiri,
          .
          Of course yet, closer they sit one another, not wearing mouth-nose masks, the drops carrying the virus, if anyone would be among them with infections, spread easily.
          :
          I heard at the time Malariya hit most to across the country in SL in 70ties or so, some pirith chanters thought to wrap around larger areas where water refineries and the like big collectors are there…nevertheless yet today, they believe in PIRITH chantings – since people believe in inivisible than the visible. Mythos guide them more than the govts and their own conscience. Not far from COLOMBO city areas, but in Wellampitya by name, there are Kattadiyas, that constantly twist the mind sets of the easy targets as videos showed lately.
          :
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP2mf9gE03M
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP2mf9gE03M
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP2mf9gE03M

          We should feed these punnaku eaters with COWDUNG.

          Dear Amarasiri, how DONKEY type the lanken majority of people are.

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      Mr. Sumanasekara, I watched the presentation, it was good and proffessional but at the last moment uncouth and uncultured nature of Padeniya came up.

      He said something to the effect that this country should have dictatorship I have been told that he has social problems.of his youth. I pity the fool.

      I also understand that there are some farmers at Anuradhapura who wants to meet him. Why is he avoiding them

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      Mr Sumanasekara, with the Covid 19 opatients being treated, the connected medical staff also has to locked up. At the end there could be shortage of Doctors. That would be th fault of Padeniya and his band of jokers.The country lost five batches of Medical graduates because Padeniya and others wantedf to hold the monopoly of medical treatment.

      I think like Ronnie de Mel Padeniya and his band should be considered as traitors.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5zfWpm91k

      Those who are sane, would see it right, please…

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        Dear Leelagemalli,
        .
        Before it is too late to comment on this:
        .
        Many things said here – with hindsight, let it be granted – are very relevant.
        .
        Unfortunately, the video quality is not as good as it could be, and it may be soon forgotten. Also, I hope that many others on Sinhala websites provided the necessary linkages. I think that some of the things said here must be brought to the attention of Colombo Telegraph readers. I’ll try to do that, but I must confess that I don’t do half the things that I ought to.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe aka Sinhala_Man

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        I’ve managed to paste your link to a comment on Dr M.M.J.’s latest article, and also here:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/answering-the-call-of-duty-the-medical-professionals-of-sri-lanka/

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      Dear Dr Janapriya,
      .
      as it is the case, that every dark cloud is said to have a silver line, I think curfew measures taken to contain the virus from the people will be a blessing to get the majority of culprit-minded back to disiplined and cultured, dignified life.
      :
      Leaving those down right information based on the facts, some do really good by passing information how each and every household could make use of their valuable time, right at this limittations.
      :
      If people would really follow the information, every household will be flourished with their own veg and fruit cultivations.
      :
      And children will learn to respect their own parents and relatives being away from IT gadgets.
      The respect and dignity of the life would turn out to be refreshed. They the youth will learn to question, that nobody else, but their lovelyones would be there to help always.

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      Good to see you.

      “And helping them to protect themselves and their beloved from this deadly virus.”

      Who is going to help them to protect themselves from Gota, Shavendra, Kamal, Keheliya Rambukwella, Mahinda, Basil, …….. ?

      Does Keheliya Rambukwella still believe Corona-virus is not a challenge for those Rana-viruses who dealt LTTE?

      Where is Wimal Weerawansa?
      Where are those Mahanayakes, Saffron Brigades, …. smart ass patriots, … ?

      Is single handed Kamal still fighting Corona from top of his Tank?

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    Dr Padeniya
    “siyak ayu leba, mageth ayu gena matath wada kal geewath wenna” meaning “please take the hundred years of my life and live longer than me”.
    *
    Stop grandstanding and get on with your job. We have not forgotten continuous strike actions by GMOA during period 2015/19. We do not want even one year of lives of doctors. But we ask, pay your taxes as all others and do not strike when duty free vehicle permits are removed.

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      Paddeniya when he opens his mouth, one with a bird s brain could read his thoughts and minds. He has a double life. He was once caught redhanded while a strike of their brutal GMOA was going on, but he himself to have turned up to earn his black loads through private practises. .
      These men in GMOA should be HUNG by their balls to have ruined the lives of masses in this country since Good governance govt came into power. They the GMOA men, representing medicos in Rajakshes clan abused their moral and ethical powers being heartless to the nation. The very same body, to have risen and command and demand the nation today, as if their hands are very clean.
      There are records, these Medical Doctors not tohave completed their weekly hours, as any medical doctor should have to going by ordinances, even if they abuse powers as no others, since for long time.
      People in this country should not bend their heads down before the kind of PARASITE-like Medical doctors who started strikes not them being offered duty free vehicles for their own use.
      But ballige putha Rajakshes noticed this and promised them sky high promises.. if they would work for a division of the naiton irrespetctive of the life losses triggered through the brutal strikes.

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      Look at the last para of Padeniya’s letter.
      He says they are a “responsible professional organization which highly values human lives….”. GMOA – highly values human lives, my foot!
      COVID-19 has killed 2 people so far in Sri Lanka, which is somewhat inevitable as no specific treatment is available in the western medicine system.
      But, how many patients have died during Padeniya’s inhuman, all-island doctors’ strikes since late 2015? Over a 1000? On two occasions, over 2000 – 3000 innocent poor people who had come to the rural Polonnaruwa hospital had been sent home as the doctors were on strike. Have we ever heard the doctors in other countries stage non-stop strikes placing the lives of thousands of patients in danger?
      Going by their history, GMOA’s latest crocodile-tear-campaign is surely for some personal gains.

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        Champa,
        For once, I agree with you. This Padeniya should be in jail, not on TV.

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          Old codger

          “This Padeniya should be in jail, not on TV.”

          You mean just him?
          What about Channa Jayasumana, another smart ass patriot?

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            Native,
            .
            There are enough evidence about how Channa Jayasumman got his Prof. Title.
            :
            Normally, if you would become a Prof for an University, you would need to have years long post doctoral publications. Just because you are close to a political leader, if you would be awarded with a title is something fishy.
            :
            Not long ago, this man JS just finished his PhD .. as memory is right, it was all about unknown kidney disease in SL and like minded countries following the usage of Glyphosat as herbiside to their cultivations. :
            :
            As I know this subject well, not even pioneer post docs from Germany and Nikaragua were able to achieve even Asso. Prof titles but Jayasuman.. how come ?.
            Is that similar to Bandula GUnawardhana ‘s Dr Title thanks to chinese connections of Mafia Boss ?:
            Why on earth, lanken MEDICAL professionals stay mum on the subject ?
            :
            If any LOW qualified candidates would be awarded with Prof Titles to the manner Prof. Dr Laksiri Fernando did it to many in srilanken political crisis, the level of Uni education in the country would automatically be lower ranked..

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      Eagle Blind Eye, Padeniya is a true Sinhalaya. He thinks that you guys are the greatest, better than all the Italians and others put together. Except everyone knows that no Sinhalaya or Demalaya lives to 115 years or wants to in this miserable place where you have one problem after another.. A Demelaya would get killed and a Sinhalaya would die of malnutrition.. Truth is that corona virus does not bother whether you have Sinha Le or Demela Le. All people are at last equal. So, we stick together and don’t get conned by the likes of Padeniya and get over this problem sensibly without the hype of Padeniya and his ilkwho are singing for crumbs from their master’s table.

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    Presidential COVID Task Force is all about business deals. Can you believe the Ali Baba and 40 member Task Force do not have a clinical doctor? None. It is all about business, business and business. Trying to make money and commission out of it.

    People have been taken for a ride saying that SL is managing this better than the rest of the world! Total bunkum. SL is an island. Must have managed far better. People are suffering enormously trying to contain it. But the toll keeps rising. Bad of both worlds.

    Now the regime has resorted to racism to divide and rule people.

    Thank god the pandemic didn’t strike after the parliamentary election. If it did happen, people would be left to die. Now politicians have to show some remorse.

    If government disinformation campaign continues no one will take what the government says seriously. We all remember how the same military people downplayed war casualties and fudged the numbers. Same people are behind this. What else do you expect!

    Down with the lying government!

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    if you want to listen to someone listen to dr aluthge

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    The biggest issue we have is that the back bones of all senior public officials, military heads and the media ( except 1-2 stations) have been taken out by the politicians and the government in power for their benefit and advantage.

    Most of the senior public officials and military heads are looking for a career after retirement and hence they tow the line with the government looking for appointments post retirement.

    As a result they would simply praise the government in power and has not got the courage to challenge or express an opposing view.

    What a sad situation and this was evident during previous regimes, can be seen today and will be seen in time to come as well.

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    Cure found!
    According to today’s Daily Mirror webpage, the Commissioner of Ayurveda (NCP) Dr. Kumara Alwis, ayurvedic medicines “manufactured according to an ancient Ayurvedic formula” for the prevention and cure of Covid-19 are being distributed from today.
    This has to be an April’s Fool joke.
    This man and his cronies must be jailed for promoting false hopes and medicines. Does he know what a virus is? Is there empirical evidence for his treatment?
    This is what happens when politicians promote foolish beliefs in their chase for votes.

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      Dionysus
      Did you try this Ayurveda formula? If not,why? Do you have an alternative?
      If you know a better treatment, please share it with the readers without carrying out smear campaigns against our indigenous doctors.

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      Dionysus,

      Bloody fools will fall for it.

      When the measured mean IQ of the imbeciles is 79, they can be fooled in many ways.

      Perhaps, they should have promoted Wada Kaha, Sulfur as well.

      The monks are chanting pirith . The imbeciles are prostrating to monks. COVID-19 does not care

      Is this an April fool joke? No.
      The imbeciles have been fooled by the monks for 2,300 years. The hi jacked Buddhism and installed themselves as the 3rd Gem, for the imbeciles to prostrate

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        Luckily we are catching up with the the high literacy western nations and will have a death rate equal to theirs.

        Should have thrown those para kallathonis the minute they step foot here.

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      Dionysus I hope he is arrested along with the monk who claimed it was safe to climb Sri Pada. This is what blind faith does.

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        But not in srilanka, such arrests would be possible. In today s context, no way.
        :
        Ballige puthas would promote only ballige puthas. Just imagine the manner they distribute those goods in rural areas, there, Gota mantra does not seem to in place but that of his brother BALLIGE putha Mahinda; who make every moment to fish in muddy waters. For him, no matter the innocient destitutes would go down, either through COVID 19 or starvations, but leaving him VOTEs.
        Got it ?.
        My wish is all these men with SURNAMEs of Rajakshes be infected first long before any other destitutes that cry for thei suppers today.
        :
        If Vietnam and Nepal could manage with lower infected numbers, but as an island nation with one BIG airport and harbour being the key entrance to the country, Ballige putha Rajakshes have failed to do the due at the very begining. But their mantra through their orifices being on continued mission misleading the nation.
        :
        No matter people would be squeezed by their grievances, but they the SO CALLED bandit family should go for popularity promotions.
        :
        That is their SLOGAN, that LILIPUTs in SLPP do their best abusing the power. These men should be hung by their balls, then we can see, to join hand with Gotler, considering he did a good work. Else, Gotler should be maginalized so as his brother, in upcoming general election.

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    Doctor, you should forgive the blind. They are all in a triumphal mood al la their master, Gota. So, they want to outdo him in his triumphalism. They want to win the war against the unknown coronavirus just like how their master won the war against terrorism ( with the help of India, the UK and the US). They slaughtered many innocents. So, they have to talk of how superior they are to other human beings, though they have nothing to show for it. The blind are to be pitied. But the people need protection. It has to be provided by professional people not by goons. I know in Jaffna and in Colombo and Kandy, it is being done with great care by professional people who know what they are doing. Let us hope that we get through this.

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    Dr Janapriya.
    I agree with you,it was an uncalled for and a grandstanding statement. The GMOA though
    helping the Govt: in this crisis, should be careful who they pick for participation, not politically
    ambitious doctors.
    I appreciate what the Director General of Health Services is doing, giving Medical leadership.
    He is authentic ,committed and sincere, a complete contrast. There are several young virologists
    who could be called to participate at these discussions. The electronic media should be more responsible, as to who they select.
    Dr Channa Ratnatunga

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      Dr CR,
      .
      Yes all of them are not that biased, but many of them.- this is like a wave… which can be dangerous than tsunami deadly wave. They feel that it is the time to fish in muddy waters. This has been the MAHINDA DOCTRINE in this country for the last two decades. That doctrine is even worst than a deadly virus, becasue it is connected more to the gulliable and easy targets than any other harming phenomeonen. What I mean here is, you can contain it from being spread if medical and research instruction being rained are respected.
      :
      But Rajakashe mantra, is well connected with established mythos in the society, as the easy target would not allow to have any room to think. They just believe and get easily caught even if a naked reptile believed to have hand-carried a piththala pahana made in Pilimathalawa area ” relics” according to a public statement made by a highly biased uneducated monk of a most sacred temple of buddhists. This is very true – I happened to exchange it with Army guards at the Kelaniya Temple how they found it on very day ( 14th Nov 2019) – accroding to him, people were mercilessly misled – by the statements, since that was planted to grab voters of the gullible. That they succeeded in the end.:

      This is typical SRILANKA where the mind set is ruined so as the state by Rajapakshes Bandism.
      :
      A heated srilanken living in Europe

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      Than.ks Prof. Channa. You have dissected the issue with surgical precision

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    This Police Officer is talking through his hat.He should not degrade other countries about their burial rites in conformity with their religious beliefs.This idiot should be expelled from the Police Force.Over to the authorities of the Government!!! life in Lockdown or Lockdout and Nazi Land!!!!!!!!!

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      Dept IGP, is a nice guy- I like his person, but his knowledge is far from facts based information. But relatively knowledgeble than any other police officers in lanken spot light.
      :
      He may have lived in the UK for his training sessions, but the UK s situation is far worst than he makes efforts to show in his discussions.
      :
      UK is seen one of the worst his regarding 1800 deaths for 25 000 infected patients – 7 %.
      Even if it is the only big island in Europe. Their health care is said to be the worst among their counter part countries in Europe. But for our srilankens, these data are just nothing, so long they only talk about ENGLAND.
      :
      These number in Germany is 1%
      USA – 2%
      Italy – 12%
      France – 6.7%
      Switzerland -2.5%

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    There is one aspect to this TV panel discussion that the author is either unaware of or chose to ignore. That is that Padeniya as the president of the govt medical officers’ association has almost spearheaded the elevation of Gotabhaya from the Rajapakse dynasty to head of state. There is ample circumstantial evidence for that endeavour during the period of the so-called “yahaparlaner” era with industrial strikes orchestrated almost entirely to bring down the previous govt. It is therefore obligatory for the other sponsor of the Rajapakse ascendancy, Dilith Jayaweera’s “Derana” to portray this govt in the best possible light, overtly hiding anything unsavoury and using disinformation blatantly to further fool the gullible public. It is in that context that Padeniya, a prominent sychophant utters gibberish couched in rousing nationalistic fervour, like the 100 year farce and giving away one’s life-expectancy to others etc. These kinds of duplicitous and wholly unethical behaviour is common to not just uneducated thugs and fraudsters who occupy parliament but to those in noble professions like law and medicine also. I feel sorry for the author’s naivety in this regard, although he seems to have wide experience in having worked in many countries.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda: You too have forgotten why this GMOA President is back liking the Rajapakse clan. Do you know, there is a court case against him in SC, yet to be resolved. That charge is very serious and that “Contempt of Court”. He has to get out of it, unless otherwise, he is sure to get a “Jail Term” PLUS a Loss of License. Very serious. Isn’t it? Dilith Jayaweera also has a “Hidden Agenda” to back lick Rajapakse clan, one of which is to take out Kudu Duminda on “Presidential Pardon”. So no wonder all these “Media Coolies” work tirelessly, day in and day out to make a living. Have you ever seen this “Aluth Parlimenthuwa” bringing any person into the “Panel” (excepting in very few programs) who would be critical of the Government agenda? The worst of the worst “Extremists” ( e.g. Uthukama) are very prominently accommodated here. That is “THE AGENDA” of these “Media Channels”.

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    “Sri Lanka is doing a sterling job of containing the spread of this deadly virusa'”.
    Agree 100%. I heard it over BBC too, in an interview given by a British national quarantined in SL. I think it is mainly due to good planning and team work; the implementation of that complex plan with a close follow up gave the authorities to render an excellent service. Thanks to those who work tirelessly to end the unending crisis.

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    Srilanken News Telecasts with predominatly -against facts-but more or less hearsays are the part and parcel of the services of following TV channels and news papers. I have added the credibility of their news casts in brackets as a scale

    People should finally realize, all these TV and new media institutions are highly biased to their pay masters. Most among them, are funded by BASIL rajaakshe HORA SALLI mafia, which was organized by the ROBBED funds by the state over the years. They are shameless buggers of NUMBER one category.

    1) TV Derana – Dilith Jayaweera -Owner coming from Galle ( 1000 000)
    .
    2) Hiru TV – Reno Silva-Owner of the channel- brother of convicted MURDER- incumbent prisoner -former montiroing minister of Rajapakshe cabinet. (1000 000 )

    3) Swarna Wahini -(1000 00)
    4) ITN -state channel (1000 00)
    5) SLRC – state channel (1000 00)

    6)Sirasa TV – Kili maharaja is the OWNER (1000)-

    SIRASA time to time, back and forths make efforts to telecast their news items not being biased to their colleague channels – right at the moment they have been doing a good work – mostly I find their news are somewhat independent.

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    The GMOA chap is lying. “where have they not given Ventilators to over 70 and Cancer patients” . Pls specify?
    He is saying there are plane loads of Sri Lankans from overseas trying to come to Sri Lanka for quarantine and treatment
    The sae GMOA when the first Chinese patient was identified their first statement/demand was extra salary for medical staff handling the cases. Tthey withdrew after people protested.
    The same GMOA when the Indian funded “Suwa Seriya” ambulance service was started protested. They went on TV with a de-fibrilator pad and asked people- do you want to die from electric shock (the electric shock pad) or do you want to come to us in a three wheeler. Every other country paramedics save lives. Thanks to Harsha Silva we got this service, which GMOA objected to thinking Indian Doctors will come and take their jobs.
    GMOA should be banned from public media events, They arev trade Union. Three of the top GMOA are contesting under Pohottuwa

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      Padeniya and the rest should have their guts opened and thrown into the lions an tigers vat Dehiwala.

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    The writer is absolutely right. This is totally unbelievable. How is this even possible? This DERONA disinformation virus is much more frightening and deadlier than CORONA. What cruel lies they’re telling about the highly professional medical care given by absolutely dedicated doctors and nurses risking their own lives at the moment in western countries. If this Padadeniya and his infamous colleagues are at least half as competent as the doctors in the west, he won’t be making these silly statements. The truth is these glorified medical mercenaries are suffering from an inferiority complex towards foreign doctors. That is why they don’t reveal to the public that they have appealed for urgent medical and technical advice from western health care sources in order to combat COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. What the Sri Lankan expatriate lady in Italy said about how the Italian government is concerned about the welfare of its people, especially how it takes care of the sick and the elderly, is no exaggeration. In fact analysts have said the number of dead is so high in Italy because it has the oldest population in Europe, and its culture is highly family-centred: the grand children are very close to their grand parents and thus it was difficult to isolate the seniors quickly. The lady gave a mouthful to the Police Media Clown Ajith Rohana all right. The brave and fantastically articulate lady destroyed him with some choice words. No wonder the military-junta, police, GMOA and Derana had to scramble this vaudevillian panel hosted by the laughing fool Sanka Amarajith to do damage control. It took a 2-hour panel discussion by ‘experts’ and officials on national TV to combat a 15 minute home made video uploaded by a housewife on YouTube.

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      [Contd. from above]

      Today Derana has overtaken both Sirasa and Hiru in leading the country down the gutter of treacherous lies in the name of news, and filthy kitsch in the name of “Kalava.” Now let’s turn to this Padadeniya. In total contrast to what he said, the western countries are taking drastic steps to give special protection and care to the elderly as they are deemed to be particularly vulnerable to this deadly virus. The urgency of isolating the seniors and prioritizing their medical care is the mantra that is being endlessly repeated by the authorities in these countries in all their public statements. So I don’t know where this Padadeniya is coming from. He put the ordinary Sri Lankan people who cannot afford private treatment in great jeopardy by staging illegal strikes and shutting down government hospitals during the entire duration of the previous regime. It was no secret he was doing this at the behest of his political mafia bosses. This guy is not a professional at all. He is public enemy number one. He looks like a real Panikkaya (I don’t know what the word means, but that’s what comes to my mind when I see his despicable behaviour on the media). This vicious joker can never work as a doctor in any hospital in the west. He might stand a chance as an orderly.

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      Please can you post the link. I haven’t watched this video. Fully worth watching it looks.

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    Well exposed Dr Janapriya more power to your elbow

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    I am wondering how much so called disinformation and misinformation
    Dr. Janapariya has exposed other than a little bit of exaggerations and grandstanding.
    I think they are entitled a bit of grandstanding after an excellent job though it was a bit premature.
    One can challenge him personally about the claim that over 70 years were denied ICU beds.
    the number of ICU beds doesn’t have to be static and even Donald trump only recently asked auto makers to concentrate on producing more ventilators.
    Likewise in Sri lanka too a company in Negambo are already producing ICU beds and the university of Peradeniya are producing the ventilators.

    I am also wondering if it was misinformation that we heard during China’s struggle with COVID-19 that Chinese authorities were taking elderly patients being taken to be shot.

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    Doc, first of all how did this Padeniya guy become a doctor. People who knew him from school, college and medical school are now waking up to the fact what a full blown hypocrite he is. He is actually a politician than a physician. His statement is not just grandiose but outright lacks empathy. Underneath it appears he is jealous, envious and actually happy at others misery. Lankan Doctors in general hate, non Lankan colleagues. But this guy altogether is a “sick puppy”.

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      chiv – On a different note, how did GCE (OL) fail “sick puppy” Namal Rajafucksha become a synthetic “lowyer” of the lowest calibre?

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    A certain moron known to me is desperate to show that the Rajapakses are behind the Coronavirus! He previously claimed that they planned the Easter attacks. They probably arranged the Tsunami as well. Truly there is no limit to human stupidity and gullibility.

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    we should kick padeniya to meet his maker soon

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      Jagath,
      .
      I wonder why Paddeniya or other members stay like permement to thier positions in GMOA ?.
      :
      If we read news, watch TV news, these few monsters by their selfishi behaviours costed unestimable harms to the poor people. They went on strikes on and on during the good governance govt which impletmented good steps in health sector, whoever whatever being said against Dr Senararatne. I know all these better since I have spoken with some researchers that work for south asian health affairs.
      But local media never allowed any good to be spread on Dr Senaratna’s achievements.
      Specially GMOA men stood vehemently against Dr SENARATNA no matter even masses in lanken population would die for not having proper medicine and therapies. And also there were records, if you can you may reiwine and see, that Dr Padeniya who is the president of GMOA was caught in the act, having turned up for his private practises that these guys are known to be continuing irrespective of strike on public health activities. And records prove that these buggers dont even fulfil their 40h/week – compulsory hours that a public servant to have fulfilled but worked for Rajapakshe agenda – focusing on toppling the govt. All tehse are public secret, but nothing worked against them why wh y?
      Why on earth … no law would affect on these buggers ?
      Situation is worsening, now they score as if they are the MASTER mind to protect srilankens from being prevented from being caught by deadly virus. ::
      Are these men are not winners in CORONA crisis ?

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    Dr Janapriya,

    Is it true that cremation over burial of COVID 19 patients have no scientific backing and it has become law in SL just to put the Muslims in their Place?

    While I have heard dead bodies fart and burp, and it indeed is likely that the virus may leak from dead person’s mouth, would the virus not live in a cold body because after death the body temperature would plummet?

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      Rtd, Shemale,
      .
      Anyone with a basic knoweldge in MICROBIOLOGY would be well aware that microogranisms would be destroyed at higher temperatures. And there are international guidelines how they have to decay the dead bodies of the COVID-19 or other deadly virusinfected patients.
      :
      If srlankens would not respect these interntional laws, WHO or any other bodies could stand against them going by interntional law enforcement.
      :
      Get your facts from the TORONTO regional govt, that can help you further.

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    What an impressively brilliant takedown by Dr. MM Janapriya, of a ‘nationalist’ distortion of the scientific method. Bravo!

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      Dayan Jayatilleka

      “What an impressively brilliant takedown by Dr. MM Janapriya, of a ‘nationalist’ distortion of the scientific method. Bravo!”

      Here is something that M.M. Janapriya says fits you very well:

      –True, you are absolutely right, the majority of our television audience especially of the channel involved is innocent unsuspecting public but what you forgot is that there are those eagle eyed people like us who would very quickly notice the dichotomy and falsehoods entrenched in any utterances such as yours.–

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        Native Vedda,
        .
        You are so fine Mr. I agree with you more. This what you have added above matches to our SELF PROCLAIMED POLITICAL ANALYST AKA, WIMAL BURUWANSE IN ENGLISH… “as the saying like a glove”.
        :
        Please take good care of you Sir whereever you are. We while living in Germany, feel, if not today tomorrow we would be caught by VIRUS.. since we work for the hospitals.

        Alles Gute für Dich, bitte pass Dich gut auf !.

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      What’s up Doc? After a long time, No? By the way, what do you think of the ‘nationalist’ distortion of the political history of Tambapanni/Ceylon/Sri Lanka?

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    Thank you Dr. Janapriya for your forthright comments. As a former President of the GMOA in the late 1980’s, it is probably upsetting you very much , the way the GMOA is being manipulated. I agree with you regarding the duplicity of views regarding ICU beds in our country,
    I was rather surprised by the stance taken up by the virologist, Dr. Kotalawela, regarding the use of face masks. I totally agree with him regarding the importance of hand hygiene, but my personal view is that face masks should also be used for self protection as well as for the prevention of transmission of infections, when visiting public places. In spite of Dr. Kotalawela’s advice, I am pleased to see on national TV, members of the public, police and armed forces continuing to use face masks. I would like to know the views of other senior virologists as well as epidemiologists, regarding the use of face masks by members of the public.

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      Dear Professor,
      .
      Please come with a good article how you would see the continuous wrong behaviours of current GMOA memebers. That could open the eyes of masses in this country for sure.
      :
      Right at the moment, they the GMOA criminal doctors make every effort to score better, and whitewash their criminal recent past. All these buggers that regularly turn up in TV and Radio discussions fully ignored the grievances of the tax payers, although their degrees came in to realities thorugh the tax payers funds.

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    A fine expose Dr.Janapriya. As your name itself implies, you are people friendly.

    I just checked Google about the GMOA.
    The GMOA has been around for more than 90 years, and the first time that Doctors in any part of the world struck work was in this country. Srilanka a land like no other no doubt! But it was a strike asking for better pay conditions and therefore is justifiable. This was in 1964.

    In 2018 they join the protest march of the Rajapakses against the FTA signed with Singapore!
    That itself proves their political agenda. They are now a political appendage of the Rajapakse cabal!
    A noble profession has flowed into mud.

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    Many thanks Prof. Sanath for your kind words. Hope you are well and staying safe. Sorry for chipping in, in place of or before the viro/epidemiologists, it is just common sense to wear a mask during an epidemic of a nasty respiratory virus. Bigger droplets dropping within 2 metres, virus surviving 72 hours on steel, 48 hours on aluminium, cardboard etc and hence the advice to practice hand washing with soap and water, using hand sanitizer when the former is not available, sneeze or cough on to the bent elbow, not touch facial orifices is all great and good advice indeed.
    However the WHO was being economical with the truth when they said face masks accorded no protection at all. They were simply worried about 7.7 billion people wanting high quality masks. Please watch Dr Fauci’s most recent Q/A video. Now he says worn properly it could offer around 50% protection. which is a lot. WHO has recently gone back on its’ position and now they say virus could be airborne for up to 30 minutes. May be they have got enough masks now!
    I wore a N95 mask from my home at Battaramulla all the way to Aylesbury through London Heathrow on my up journey on the 2nd Feb 2020 and all the way back to Battaramulla on the 9th March 2020. On the way back I brought a pack of alcohol wipes (Home made by pouring a lot of isopropyl alcohol to medicated hand wipes. Hand sanitizers were sold out of all British shop Shelves by then!) and cleaned my hands and my cabin luggage using them after clearing security. After boarding, I cleaned the arms of my seat and everything I would be touching in flight. Same ritual after disembarking. Home, straight to the bathroom, clothes straight to the washer, bag and baggage alco wipes. Call me paranoid and I am honoured.

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      Dear Dr Janapriya,
      .
      Could you kindly elaborate us as to why you were NOT sujected to QUARANTINING if you returned to srilanka from UK on the 10th March ?. Already by 6th March, WHO has reported if steps woudl not have been taken timely, the spread would have been faster. I think Nepal, Vietnam and UK imposed all what they could to avoid entering infected into their countries, while srilanka, under STUPID brother duo just ignored it.
      .
      I myself left for Europe on the 4th March having spent 10 days in the country. There, what I happened to observe was the measures taken on arriving tourists in BIA (From Europe, China or other countries ) were not sufficient, when looking back, the govt had no whatsover good program to control them. They instead thought to let more tourists, fooling them louder as they could.
      :
      Those who just arrived from Italy, Korea or other COVID-19 hotspots were not subjected to thorough controls.
      :
      I think looking back it is clear the GOVT’s total ignorance paved the way innocient masses to live in unsafe today. Yet today, there number infected within the country should not be not just 146, but lot more, according to my own assessments. Island nations in general can easily control it compared to boarder countries such as Germany, France, Italy and the like.
      :
      Great if you could please add a response to this.
      Thank and stay healthy
      Sam Fernando from Berlin

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      Dr. Janapriya, my brother went from UK to see Royal-Thomian match landing on 6th of March in Colombo. He was not allowed to leave and was quarantined for two weeks by the authorities which made him to miss the match. He was disappointed having spent so much and unable to meet his classmates for an eagerly awaited get together. Fortunately he managed to get a return fight to Landon on 24th of March. On arrival he took precaution and is in self isolation for two weeks. Why is this discrimination when you who arrived two days later not being quarantined. What guarantee is that you would not be carrying the virus which you may have contacted while in UK. Now it is told that people can have the virus without showing any symptoms.

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        Dr Sankaralingam,
        .
        This is what I cant understand. Some had been caught by such qurantining measures, while others not. That way the current authorities have let entering infected patients into the country.
        :
        Had they been rigorous with their actions being taken for any passengers arriving in BIA, I strongly believe they could save the losses to a greater extent.
        :
        Besides, we are an Island nation. If Nepal has been successful with their steps being taken with that many touurist arrivals to that country… I wonder why on earth our authorities were that retarded to take action already as early as 4th March or even earlier.
        :
        Yes, the incubation period of the virus seem to be varying from person to person. That is why some argue that the virus after being infected could still be active ina person from 4- 27 days.
        This explains well about the numbers of the recovered patients sofar. Not even 35% of the total, are yet recovered.
        Just let me give you the Link for your own check ..

        https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
        https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
        https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

        Active Cases
        678,767
        Currently Infected Patients
        643,883 (95%)
        in Mild Condition

        34,884 (5%)
        Serious or Critical

        Show Graph
        Jan 22Mar 04Jan 29Feb 05Feb 12Feb 19Feb 26Mar 11Mar 18Mar 250500k1,000k
        Show Statistics
        Closed Cases
        239,420
        Cases which had an outcome:
        193,350 (81%)
        Recovered / Discharged

        46,070 (19%)
        Deaths

        Show Graph

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        My dear Ken,
        It is very unfortunate you have always got something to complain about all the time. The straightest of issues you will convert in to a problem on which to have a lash at the government. Please get real and write to the point giving accurate information.
        When I came back on the 9th March, the UK was not in the list of countries from which people who arrived needed to be quarantined. It was nearly a week later that they informed over TV for all who came between the 1st and the 15th March to be registered with the nearest police. Within minutes from the announcement I called 119 but couldn’t get through. I then called the Mt.Lavinia police and they wanted someone to physically come over to register. I immediately sent all my particulars and details of travel to the the Mt.Lavinia police by email and copied the IGP in too. The following morning my daughter went to the Mount Lavinia police and gave the particulars which had been entered in a logbook. This was because being in the vulnerable age group I did not want to queue up in a crowded place risking infection from there.
        Police called me within minutes and confirmed the details. They called about 4 more times later during the isolation period. A PHI called a few hours after the cops and advised me to self isolate for two weeks which I was doing already. Tomorrow I will be completing 4 weeks since my return and I have been hale and hearty. For your information mean incubation period for Covid 19 is 5.1 days, 97.5% of infected people presenting within 11.5 days. They have made it 14 days quarantine to catch 100%.
        What are you moping about? You must be trying to insinuate your usual stuff. Get real. Be rational and act as the senior doctor you actually are.

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          Dear Dr Janapriya,
          .
          with all respect to you – please be SERIOUS on what

          “Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam / April 3, 2020 “ commented above.

          As of 6th March – the day his brother returned to BIA

          On the 9th March – you reported to have arrived in BIA

          But his brother was subjected to 2- weeks quarantining measures but you yourself not.

          Your argument that their announcement included also passengers coming from UK to be quarantined .. later.. should be false information.

          I am also a srilanken who left the country on the 5th after having my 10-day long vacation in the country. I noticed, that the controls were not that consistent.
          :

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K46-jjGvis

          There should NOT be kind of discrepancies in CORONA control regardless of the politicians – the law and order should be EQUAL WITHOUT any kind of previledges.

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        Dear Dr Sankaralingum,
        .#
        Unfortunatley, there is no clear explanation on the discrimination. But I do believe, it is the CULTURE of Rajapakshes and their henchmen.
        :
        The kind of discriminations were not known DURING good governance govt whoever whatever would attack them for not having done the due.
        :
        Rjapakshes have once LET some CANADIAN politicians return from country, just becasue they stupid LEADERSHIP thought it was right.
        They also have abused the power to detain a british woman as an tourist but had a tatoo on buddha on his upper arm, however, the very same state had ended up providing the victim a compensation. THey JUST go naked and again try to iron out abusing the funds of TAX payers.
        :
        Now as you may be aware, NOT been alert to proper control for all passengers arriving in BIA .. alike, what they have done is almost intentionally creating a situation, that the majority be kept in anxities. THese are no serious issues to them unfortunatley, so long their BIASED telecasts, paint the picture of them in palatable loads.
        .,
        Unfortunately, Dr Janapriya seems to be not aware the gravity of the problem – until few of us the commenters noticed it clearly that there had been a clear DISICRIMINATION on some passengers like your brother who was qurantined for 2 weeks.
        :
        Please be alert on these issues for the SAKE of a better future for our future generations:
        .
        A plane loads arrvied from India are also not subjected to 2- weeks quarantining regulations. I really dont know why ?
        :
        And if there were MINISTER sons and daughters were in certain plane loads, they had the rights to exempt from the QUARANTINING regulations. Can you imagine ? how silly the AUTHORITIES have been sofar ?

        In Germany or Singapore, if any AUTHORITIES reacted this way, would have been punished with a 5-year jail term.

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    Very well articulated and presented Dr. J. I wish to quote here from an open letter circulating in the social media under the header “What is GMOA’s status quo in relation to COVID-19 Prevention?”
    Quote:
    // The GMOA is an organization set up as a Trade Union, whose primary objective is to secure the best of welfare and privileges for Government Medical Officers, even to the detriment of all others! I am certain GMOA’s constitution does not envisage a “Public Health Interest Role”. I have no qualms in relation neither to the constitutional provisions in their Constitution, nor the welfares and privileges of Government Medical Officers. GMOs do have a constitutional right to present their grievances to the government collectively as an organization, and I fully support their right, but the GMOA’s role should be limited to its objectives. It should not be a vehicle or platform for individuals with vested interest to seek prominence.
    My concern is the GMOA, led by “Pandit” Padeniya, “Pandit” Aluthge and “Pandit” De Soysa, was the same organization, which vehemently opposed the Public Health Service in the 1990 Ambulance Service, when it was launched! Their opposition included statements that patients brought into hospitals by the 1990 service will not receive any treatment by GMOs. This action of the GMOA was alien to Public Health Interest, whilst it would have had a positive contribution to some hidden agenda of the GMOs. This perverted view of the GMOA in relation to Public Health Interest on the 1990 issue is now endorsed by the success of the 1990 program. Even the COVID-19 patients are using this service! Furthermore, this same organization had on many occasions put Public Health Interest (of the Poor) at risk with their irrational “Strikes”, whilst the GMOs continued their private practice to benefit their own welfare!
    In this backdrop I like to ask the question – What is GMOA’s status quo in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic?//
    UNQUOTE

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      Non Resident,
      .
      We salute you sir, all is said and done through your COMMENT.
      .
      Anyone with a bird brain would get it but over 69 lacks of people did not. THAT HAS NOW BOOMERANGED – and people are caught by the clutches of selfish gains of the cruel politicians.

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    cont…

    QUOTE:
    //I do see the three “Pandits” mentioned herein having press conferences under the “GMOA Banner” and providing “Public Health Advise” in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. This leads to my next question – Are these “Pandits”, the most qualified and most competent persons to provide advice on “Public Health” in relation to the pandemic? “Pandit” Padeniya is a paediatric neurologist (a lama dostara) and I am not aware of the speciality of the other two “Pandits”. Are these three the best GMOs who are competent to give Public Health Advice at this critical time? Are these GMOs giving advise under the auspices of the Task Force?//
    UNQUOTE

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      Dear Non Resident,
      You are spot on. The hierarchy of the GMOA have used the trade union as a launching pad to gain political heights. This was not the case in the long past. Dr Jeyarajan Niles and Dr.S Nadesan who presided over the GMOA during very difficult period of the second JVP insurrection did a splendid job. They never bartered their trade union principles for any personal gain. The rot started with the people who followed them.
      I am sure you all would remember one of the ex-presidents of the GMOA being arrested and released on bail for allegedly being economical with the truth. He brought absolute shame on the whole fraternity and the rot continued.

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        Dr Janapriya,
        .
        Gone are the days, that srilanken universities produced hearted MEDICAL doctors. All these current members of GMOA are local graduates, that wear the banner ” srilanken patriots”, but as is the very same nature of Rajapakshes, they too restrict to their titles.
        :
        The best evidence in recent years – CURRENT GMOA

        If anyone of you THE SENIOR could please explain, why the VERY same candidates are allowed to be reelected in that body, even if the HARM made by them is beyond estimation according to hearted and reliable sources.
        :
        I do believe, RETIRED hearted MEDICOS are there to issue their unbiased judgement on current GMOA candidates. I think not many would rise up against any kind of injustices being repeated in this country. – MAIN reason may be indifference of the retired personalities.

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    I just watched the Ada Derana news. For obvious reasons the focus is on Covid 19. During the last few days a representative of the GMOA is featured every day, expressing an opinion. In my view it should be an Epidemiologist or a senior administrator of the Ministry of Health. Whenever the Director General of Health Services, Anil Jasinghe participated, he gave very useful , relevant information

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      Dear Prof.
      Please avoid watching DERANA TV. They are proved to be misleading senders while SIRASA TV is somewhat neutral accoridng to the sources.
      :
      Please also be alert on other news senders coming from OUTSIDE world, so that you may pick up unbiased info regarding ground situation.

      Unfortunately, srilanka as an another hunger nation, where whole lot of media journos that work for CRUEL politicians’ agendas.
      .
      These are not biased news, I dont mind any good parties becomign the people choice but IF anyone make every effort to abuse the STATE funds for their politicals gains as is the case with Mahinda Rjapakshes and GOtabaya politics, we need to open our eyes and let the easy targets be clear that they have now been misled on and on.

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    “Disinformation” – yes its very bad. But, as we know, all politicians, that too those who have dirty loud mouth think that if disinformation and fake – false information is said loudly it becomes the truth. Who decides what is disinformation? Information which is the truth can be categorized by another as disinformation based on their interest, this is always seen in politics and government affairs.

    A civilian body should be appointed to monitor and judge what is disinformation. It should not be the Army or Police that decides on it. We have seen Police spokesperson’s disinformation re: Italy. All media should be legally requested to publish the decision of this body showing the exact statements which is called disinformation with the name of the person who delivered it. This would also stop Fake News, Twisted News, Disinformation and very importantly Communal Disharmony information.

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      Dear Buddhist,
      .
      Misinformation and Disinformatiion are based on commercial gains of stupid YOU TUBE channel holders today, not just them, but also HIRU and DERANA TV channels in MAIN stream TV channels are also in that group.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnN4NsZPpIk
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnN4NsZPpIk
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnN4NsZPpIk

      I really dont know why whole lot of people knowing the ground realities, do continue with their falshhoods.. that they seem to have in their genes.
      :
      May the authorities be treated with HIGHER punishments not allowing these vicious CHANNELs…. they deserve not to be SOCIAL media channels any more.

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    “Information” – which is received and accepted by all becomes “Truth”. If is not received by anyone and rejected by all it becomes “Untruth”. But what about information which is the “Truth” for some and “Untruth” for others? Who is there to judge this in SL?

    In TV political programs (especially in Derana and Hiru) we see information which is “Untruth” projected as “Truth”. The Anchors such as Chatura and Dilka of Derana add fuel to these Untruth and Fake News, if its to the benefit of Rajapakses. To start with, Government should force all TV Political debates to have an independent group of civilians sitting in judgement and validating at the end of the program the “Untruth” spoken by the participants before the end of such a Political TV program.

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      Mr Buddhist,
      .#
      It is no easy our people to be honest. If they are honest to them, even moderators would not make the kind of big blunders. Specially the TV moderators should have learnt to respect all equal. If they would become baised to any hidden forces, no purpose of them being moderators.
      :
      This abusive TV channel, and that has committed sofar are real high crimes. Even that Female Moderator Dilka Samanmali is no better. She woudl do anything and everything as a roadside prostitute would do for her cash gains.

      If these personalities could see it beyond, things would not have worked for the deterioration of the society as it is now. Hiru TV and Derana TV both deserves jail sessions extending to decades .
      Then only this nation could see it right.

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      I am so impressed that Colombotelegraph has provided
      a good battle ground for our
      Readers to surface their views.
      Unfortunately, only a mere fraction of our society who
      reads these views!!!!
      The information ,discussions are
      many, need lot of patience to go through and to put my views.
      I thank everyone who has participated. Specially,Dr J has contributed from his nearly 50 years of medical experience.which is so valuable to our Doctors, specially not to be
      “ChamchaS”of anybody, and carry out their duties sincerely.

      from his

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      Independent group of adjudicators is an excellent idea.

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        Dr Janapriya,
        .
        Please listen to this video clip

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGoqH4ypT5o

        We in europe cant hear the kind of young deaths, most die in europe are older adults.

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    Excellent expose Dr Janapriya. This type of disinformation is rampant and unfortunately there aren’t any ombudsman to monitor this. This culture permeates through all strata of society irrespective of position. God save Sri Lanka.

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