19 October, 2017

MP Dr. Pathirana’s Serophobia Becomes Worse Than The Disease

In the context of the on going debate on the controversial Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India, Galle District MP Ramesh Pathirana who is a physician by profession and the son of former Education and Higher Education minister Richard Pathirana, has once again publicly shown his anti-patient psychology.

The meme uploaded on Pathirana’s Facebook page last night, clearly shows his HIV/AIDS phobia.

Ramesh PathiranaThe wordings in the meme goes on to read ETCA allows Indian “Independent Professionals” to work in Sri Lanka and provides HIV/AIDS related data and comparison statistics relating to India and Sri Lanka. The meme also highlights two girls in the background of the wordings.

On Saturday he shared another Facebook meme where Dr. Rajitha Senaratne is wheeled on a stretcher being rushed into hospital recently. He stated that this was a not a revengeful post but rather retribution that Dr.Senaratne was experiencing.

Similarly to this kind of Anti-HIV phobic remarks made by the UK politician Nigel Farage was widely condemned by the leading politicians and health professionals last year.

Farage said “There are 7000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive, but 60 percent of them are not for British nationals”. “Ban HIV positive migrants from entering the UK” he said.

He was immediately slammed by most politicians.

Ramesh Pathirana's remarks on RajithaThe then opposition leader Ed Millibank said “I want to say, Nigel Farage’s comment about the NHS and HIV was disgusting. He should be ashamed. The fact he isn’t says so much”.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “And Farage’s comments about foreign people with HIV were simply vile and desperate. Politics of the lowest form.”

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, CEO of Terrence Higgins Trust, said in a statement: “It was great to see so many people express outrage after Farage’s comments last night about the numbers of people in the UK with HIV who were not born here. HIV is a public health issue in the UK and globally.

“If we do not take an inclusive approach and provide treatment for people who need it, we will never prevent onward transmission. 24% of people living with HIV in the UK do not know they are living with it, and 4 in every 10 are diagnosed at a late stage, after they needed to start treatment.

“HIV doesn’t discriminate and politicians shouldn’t either. Such ill-informed and discriminatory comments generate stigma, and make it harder to encourage people to take a test and stay safe”.

A part of the Hippocratic oath sworn by doctors during their passing out reads “I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice…I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.”

“It seems Dr. Patirane has neglected to honor this sacred Hippocratic oath” a commentator told Colombo Telegraph.Ramesh Pathirana

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  • 29
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    No much surprised here., the elder Pathirana a respected politico and ex-school principle was one caught pee into a swimming pool and his offspring is not much better.

    Interesting to do some study to findout if this man also ‘passed’ his MBBS like NaRa pass the law exam as his daddy was the minister of Education at that time.

    How pathetic these guys can fall into…?

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      This Pathiran Junior [Edited out] first came to my notice when he slept overnight on the Parliament floor. He was losing sleep to protest criminal probes being launched against the former dictator.

      Do not blame this low-life. Blame the idiots who send this kind of scumbags to Sri Lanka’s Parliament.

      Cheers!

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        This man Richard Pathirana’s son did not have sufficient marks at the A/Ls to qualify to do Medicine. Yet the father being a Minister did some jugglery and got him in. The man who highlighted was the Bursar Kumarage who was kicked out from the University for highlighting same.

  • 27
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    These are the ‘ Skunks’ we have elected to parliament! It is we who are to be blamed. We have to force them to reform or drive them out of politics.

    CT, thanks for the public service you render.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Well said.
      We have replaced one bunch of skunks with another.
      So much for parliamentary democracy

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      Dear Doctor,

      RE: ” We have to force them to reform or drive them out of politics “:

      If the above dream comes thru in Sri Lanka than the next morning the Sun will not rise up from the East….but, one could witness it rising up from the West.” Moreover, such characters are the ones wanted by many of us.

      Regards.

  • 11
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    Dr Pathirana, as a Lankan citizen, is worried about Indian HIV/AIDS patients coming to Sri Lanka as even tourists, and spreading the disease.
    His “phobia” is against this threat, and not against the disease itself.
    India has thousands of AIDS cases, untreated, and thousands of unemployed doctors.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_in_India

    UK is ‘invaded’ by AIDS patients for free treatment unavailable/costly in their own countries.

    We do not want AIDS cases from abroad to spread the disease here.

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      I hope you dont breed.

  • 10
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    Well people can interpret different ways what he has said. Minister Ranjan Ramanayake does worst comical acts in our land of SL. Dr. Pathirana is one of the few professionals who have come forward and embraced politics when most of the professionals are running away….he is a honest man and not a corrupt person but like the majority in SL he is against ETCA because it is bound to inflict loads of hardship to SL economy. Moreover the way PM handled this entire affair of ETCA “my way or highway” attitude is more like George W. Bush’s attitude….after all they are from the same international confab

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      What a pathetic defense …….

      Ranjan did not waste public money in the Med school to turn out like this….. This bugger got into politics under MR to make money. No wonder he is upset with RW and UNP.

      Majority professionals are supportive of ETCA. Only the ones who depend on freebies from the government for doing nothing, are against due to insecurity and fear of getting exposed !

  • 6
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    When an educated person is elected to the Parliament, He is called a “SKUNK” by another Doctor.

    What does this Doctor call an uneducated person elected to Parliament ???????

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      Education and professionalism can not bought by money or polital power in contrast degree certificates.

      Skunk usually leaves a malodour under a stress. Dr RN should know more about this.

      However the stench emanating from these pseudo professionals is ubiquitous around srilanka all the time.

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      It will depend on what you understand by the words, educated and uneducated!
      ‘Dr,RN

  • 15
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    The pedigree speaks for itself. It’s a shame for a professional to behave in this manner.

  • 8
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    Who is the author of this article?

    Then we can give our remarks.

    We do not need trade agreements with India to expand the “Karunka” or betel nuts trade between two countries. I heard that only product that Sri Lanka exported to India is dried betel nuts or Karunka.

    Our unemployment is very high in Sri Lanka then why we do need to give Sri Lankan jobs to Indians.

    Before we sign the agreement, we need to know what is in the agreement. Can CT publish the draft agreement.

    Whoever, supports trade agreements with India is considered to be traitors of mother Sri Lanka.

    • 9
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      Sunil Dahanayake

      “I heard that only product that Sri Lanka exported to India is dried betel nuts or Karunka.”

      The way things are soon you will be sending your women folks as maids to India, then you can sit on your back, relaxed and expect to receive monthly allowance from them.

      There is no need for you to think, learn, train, … nor expand your horizon as long as you get your regular remittances from women folks.

      “Before we sign the agreement, we need to know what is in the agreement.”

      Therefore you better hang on to your bigoted rant until then.

      I am sure you are not going to make a head or tail out of the agreement.

      Let Wimal, Dhinesh, Udhaya, Dayan, …. and other racists educate you.

  • 6
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    Sunil Dahanayake.In the Western and Southern provinces, there is a shortage of labour.Do not ask the capitalists but inquire from small scale businesses.In the rest of the country there is an excess of labour.This discrepancy is the result of the past governments mismanaging the economy.This started in 1977 and continues even today.There are many avenues for employment, which are being suppressed by the politicals.Indegenous sources of fuel is one field where employment can be found enmass.No body is interested. They petrol and coal. Why?

    Our doctors especially the specialist kind are skinning the patients.

    To fill this ninche, I think competition is necessary.Do not feel sorry for the SL professional, the skilled and unskilled worker who milks the payer for the shoddy service they provide.Welcome the Indian and pakistani labourers. – They are already here Sunil Dahanayake.

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    Why India is so keen to sign the so called Economic and technical cooperation agreement, do you all think they want to solve problems in Sri Lanka. India is the last country in the world who will help us to solve the problems of others.
    they want to solve their problems and create problems here.

    who in fact trained and created LTTE terrorist problem.

    as I have realised powerful neighbours and relatives should be handled utmost care and should be kept at arms length.
    India was one of the countries who was responsible to toppling the previous regime and ranil and Maithrepala are trying to pay back their debt and in the process do not care our country is destroyed becuase both of them achieved an unattainable goal ( becoming PM and President) with the manipulations of India and the west.

    secondly, the signing of this agrrement will give the death blow to our Professional servises and substandard guys will flood the Sri Lankan market.
    even with regard to other categories of employment, Indian labour is much cheaper than Sri Lankan labour and this will result in companies given employment to indian in preference to sri lankans.
    ultimatelety, it is we sri lankans are going to loose by this agreement if net impact is considered.
    as pointed out by Dr Pathirana, sexual workers also might flood the market for our lical may use cheaper services and end up with the problem he has pointed out.
    one has to remember ,while india there are extremely rich guys , vast majority are living in extremely poor conditions ,so indian labour will flood the market and destroy our economy.

  • 8
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    India sent us Pirahaparan, fully armed with AK 47s.

    Still the Sinhale managed to save the Nation, thanks to our Dalits in the South as well as a few in other Provinces.

    This time India is giving us Free Trade to employ their Doctors, Engineers, IT pros, Dock workers and even Street Workers.

    Which if fair enough . I mean to include the Street Workers to make it non discriminatory..

    Can we save our Nation this time?..

    No way because, the Dalits who took the fight up to Pirahaparan have been already neutralized .

    Gallage is the latest , and the most appropriate name for that matter.

    Haryana Singhs are protesting , demanding jobs from the Yahapalana Modi.

    Ensuing Caste protests have already killed 14 Hindians.And Delhi is under Javans.

    Yahaalana Modi probably can not thank enough his mate, our Yahapalana BR.

    • 6
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      Ado Sumane, enough with the Dalit talk. You are the only Dalit here. Do you think you are an ‘aryan’?

  • 7
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    What else can you expect from Ramesh Pathirana. He is not of sound or reasonable mind. His greatest hero is Mahinda Rajapaksa, a well known thief, fraudster and a murderer.

  • 5
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    There is a very simple remedy for AIDS – do not have unprotected sex. Also not having sex with prostitutes and people whom you cannot trust to be honest about their sex history. Better yet – don’t have sex at all :)

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      sinhalese buddhist,

      Do you know you that two people had to have sex for you to be born?

      • 5
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        This reminds me of an amusing anectode about graffiti on a public toilet wall in the USA during the Vietnam War.
        One read “Nixon should withdraw”
        The one below it read “No. His father should have.”

  • 2
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    Ramesh Pathirana has lost his mind. As per his claim if all Indian prostitutes are to come to Colombo and ply their trade here, they surely DO NOT require an ETCA to do that. They would have flooded the streets of Colombo already.

    ETCA or NO ETCA , it still requires a plane ticket and a visa fee for them to come over.

    Very sad to note, such people are considered NOTABLE in this country. This idiot possess a brain the size of a Pea. Please grow a brain, soon or retire from public life.

  • 6
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    What planet do you CT readers live in? Europe is experiencing an influx of migrants / refugees and at the same time severe cut backs in government spending, including health. UK is loosing much of the benefits under the NHS. So Europeans and British should be concerned about the spread of disease, including HIV AIDS, as the refugees arriving come from less privileged situations / where this disease was hidden / not treated.
    As for Sri Lanka, a similar situation is developing- (1) India has a large population that is largely under privileged / poverty stricken. Hence large numbers of untreated / under treated HIV AIDS patients. (2) While India is developing, the rural poor are poorer and seeking greener pastures, especially with climate change induced natural disasters. (3) ETCA and the proposed bridge pose several questions that have not been answered.
    So while Ranil W refuses to address these issues and acts like a dictator passing hot air from all orifices yet unable to answer / disclose details on this issue. People will protest and take whatever platform to bring this to attention.

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    Barus;

    Ranil’s Vision of a Bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka will soon negate the Requirement of “a plane ticket and a visa fee for them to come over”.

    Indian Tourists try to spend the least possible amount of Cash in Sri Lanka.

    Ask any Tour Bus Operator!

    They buy a Package ‘Bed and Breakfast’ Tour from an Indian Travel Agent, and then fill up their Handbags and Briefcases with Food from the Lavish Breakfasts provided by our Hotels, to last them the rest of the Day!

    They even take home the Toilet Paper Rolls, Boxes of Tissues, and anything else, available free.

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      Are you sure, you are not referring to the Sri Lankan tourists who travel to southern India and Bangkok ?

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        Point of View:-

        We are talking about the Wisdom and Advantages of Signing an ETCA with India, knowing the Ethos of the Majority of Indian People.

        All the benefits will be for India, not Sri Lanka!

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    Dr Ramesh Pathirana should show maturity in life. If he still believe in retribution as the cause of any disease he should be a quack. Luckily for the benefit of poor patients he is not practising medicine but in the parliament with others of his kind.
    This emotive pamphlet is meant to be partisan. The percentage of people affected should be given. In Sri-Lanka 4200 affected is among a population of 22 million. But in India the population is about a billion I believe. Anyway because of this human caused epidemic India might have expertise in tackling the issue. Indians have produced vaccines etc for world consumption. Therefore getting help from India is no shame ETCA or no ETCA agreement.

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    India’s population (1.2 billion people) is 58.23 times Sri Lankas population of 21.5 million.

    According to this article Indias AIDS population (2.1 million) is 500 times that of Sri Lankas (4200).

    Therefore ,

    0.001677316 – Per capita AIDS India
    0.000195349 – Per capita AIDS Sri Lanka

    Therefore ,

    it is probable and accurate that more Indians in Sri Lanka means more AIDS in Sri Lanka.

    Numbers don’t usually lie.

  • 1
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    Hamlet,

    When that bridge becomes a reality, your argument will hold true. Until then, it is good business for Mihin Lanka and Sri Lankan Airlines to bring these HYPOTHETICAL prostitutes in to Colombo (If they are already plying their trade here).

    Even if the bridge comes in to place as our PM has been dreaming, there would be a lot of vehicles that drive in to Sri Lanka. They will at least have to refuel their petrol tanks for the trip back home , right? So they will at least spend Rs 5,000 in Sri Lanka :)

    Our Government should at least place a restriction that all re-fuel activity to be done at CEYPETCO only and not Lanka IOC. The vehicle owners not abiding by this law will have to pay a levy to leave the country !!

    Economic Opportunites Galore!!!

  • 1
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    This bugger Ramesh Pathirana should practice his Medicine in an Undertakers and not allowed anywhere near a Hospital. Like father like son.

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    Before this conversation degenerates further into personal insults flung at a professional, instead of critically examining the issue…..
    Let me state that I SUPPORT Dr. Pathirana’s position regarding the dangers to Sri Lanka through the influx of Indian practitioners of mot ONLY Medicine, but in the free and unregulated influx of Indians to Sri Lanka, Period.
    Here are my reasons:
    1. Sri Lanka’s experience with Indian influx and interventions has not been a happy one. That experience makes informed people balk at any suggestion to open the gates to Indians.
    2. The “open gate” policy that had been introduced before we have found was a 1-way gate for Indians ONLY, and NOT for Sri Lankans. Indians always end up using agreements to impose THEIR way, and the Sri Lankans end up having to accede to Imdian “big brother” power. It is Time that Sri Lanka asserted itself for EQUAL treatment.
    3. With regard to the contracts given to Indian companies in the area of construction, e.g., Railways, the experience is of inferior Indian products. Sri Lankan companies produce the very same products which are of a much higher standard. Sri Lanka has not been able to assert the quality standards needed.
    4. Diseases that are common in India will be introduced to Sri Lanka and this has happened before with Smallpox. Thorough medical checks by Sri Lankan doctors are necessary just like in the USA, before Visas and entry permits are issued.
    5. The tendency for Indians to overstay their Visas is common….they can merge into the population landscape with ease unless strict vigilance that is now rather lax, is returned.
    6. As for serological infiltration of diseases and other national security issues…the RISK IS IMMENSE.
    7. UK is now wanting to exit from the EU, we will be faced with a similar situation in the years to come if “FREE FLOW” gates are allowed.

    Therefore, Sri Lanka should NOT sign the ETCA agreement. Even if economic development is slowed without it, it is better to be SLOW and STEADY than to implement RISKY agreements that would take this country off the HIGH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and HEALTH INDICES it is NOW positioned in within the region.

    KEEP SRI LANKA NATIONAL SECURITY SAFE ESPECIALLY FROM DISEASE INFILTRATION!!

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    Before this conversation degenerates further into personal insults flung at a professional, instead of critically examining the issue…..
    Let me state that I SUPPORT Dr. Pathirana’s position regarding the dangers to Sri Lanka through the influx of Indian practitioners of NOT ONLY Medicine, but in the free and unregulated influx of Indians to Sri Lanka, Period.
    Here are my reasons:
    1. Sri Lanka’s experience with Indian influx and interventions has not been a happy one. That experience makes informed people balk at any suggestion to open the gates to Indians.
    2. The “open gate” policy that had been introduced before we have found was a 1-way gate for Indians ONLY, and NOT for Sri Lankans. Indians always end up using agreements to impose THEIR way, and the Sri Lankans end up having to accede to Imdian “big brother” power. It is Time that Sri Lanka asserted itself for EQUAL treatment.
    3. With regard to the contracts given to Indian companies in the area of construction, e.g., Railways, the experience is of inferior Indian products. Sri Lankan companies produce the very same products which are of a much higher standard. Sri Lanka has not been able to assert the quality standards needed.
    4. Diseases that are common in India will be introduced to Sri Lanka and this has happened before with Smallpox. Thorough medical checks by Sri Lankan doctors are necessary just like in the USA, before Visas and entry permits are issued.
    5. The tendency for Indians to overstay their Visas is common….they can merge into the population landscape with ease unless strict vigilance that is now rather lax, is returned.
    6. As for serological infiltration of diseases and other national security issues…the RISK IS IMMENSE.
    7. UK is now wanting to exit from the EU, we will be faced with a similar situation in the years to come if “FREE FLOW” gates are allowed.

    Therefore, Sri Lanka should NOT sign the ETCA agreement. Even if economic development is slowed without it, it is better to be SLOW and STEADY than to implement RISKY agreements that would take this country off the HIGH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and HEALTH INDICES it is NOW positioned in within the region.

    KEEP SRI LANKA NATIONAL SECURITY SAFE ESPECIALLY FROM DISEASE INFILTRATION!!

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    With our past history any one who wishes to have a closer relation ship with India must have his head examined. It is a pity that the middle classes are only thinking of the money they could earn at the expense of the country and its poor. MR’ s development programme has made a lot of people very rich but country has to bear with the immense debt left behind and its consequences for the country. Majority of the comments in this site are mostly self centred and anti sinhala buddhists. It is time the comments are controlled to give a balanced view to the reader.

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