Healthcare and national integration
THE news that 126 newly recruited doctors would be assigned to
the North-East, is noteworthy for at least three reasons. First, it
indicates that the North-East is treated even-handedly by the State.
Second, this is the highest number of doctors to be sent on a single
occasion to the North-East. Third, it is the highest number of doctors
to be assigned to any area on a single occasion in the history of
Lanka's medical services.
So, this is an occasion of great significance and it is even more
significant on account of the fact that the new recruits are to receive
their letters of appointment from no less a person than President
Besides indicative of the State's goodwill towards the North-East
people, the appointments are proof that the North-East is treated on
equal terms with the other regions of the land.
This amounts to administering the country on the principle of equal
treatment and it is highly commendable of the State to make this
principle a foundational one in the running of the country.
The meting out of equal treatment to the North-East in these respects
is an effective rebuttal of the claims of the enemies of Sri Lanka -
such as the LTTE and its backers - that the North-East populace is being
victimized by the State.
Health is a subject which is close to the hearts of the people,
wherever they may be, and the fact that the Government is going more
than the extra mile to bolster and sustain healthcare services in the
North-East is more than adequate proof that the North-East people are as
valuable to the State as anyone else.
The State does not recognize man-made distinctions, such as
ethnicity, language and region, and the vibrant State-run healthcare
services are substantial evidence that the Government is firmly
committed to improving the living conditions of the entirety of our
The equal treatment of the North-East people in the all-important
health sphere, in a way, underscores a distinction the State has always
been making in regard to the region. The State is opposed to only the
LTTE and not the North-East people.
The latter's well being the State cherishes and upholds, but it is
obliged to neutralize the LTTE as long as it remains committed to the
eelam concept and seeks to realise it through the use of terror.
The continued provision of healthcare services to the North-East more
than adequately underwrites this important difference.
It is not only in respect - of course - of healthcare services that
the North-East people would be cared for by the State.
Every legitimate need of the North-East populace will be provided by
the Government because they are equal citizens of this country.
It is such equal treatment which would go a long way towards
integrating all sections of our people into one nation.
In other words, the aim of national integration is being very well
served by the Government's efforts to serve all sections of our people
on the principle of equality.
What better way to defeat the separatist ideology of the LTTE? When
all sections of the people identify closely with the State as a result
of receiving equal treatment, they would say 'no' emphatically to
Better utilisation of Eppawala deposit for betterment of the
Our country has a great civilisation that has
been a fertile ground to germinate seeds of agricultural marvels.
According to the great King Parakramabahu, he was not prepared to
release a single drop of water falling down from the sky to the sea
with out making use of it.
Leftist victories in Latin America reflect growing
disenchantment with neo-liberal economics
While over 3000 American soldiers have died in
President George W Bush's war to "bring democracy" to Iraq since
2003, a democratic revolution sweeping across Latin America during
the same period has elected leftwing leaders who have no faith in
the US prescribed neo-liberal "free market" economic model
Social work profession and the Mahinda Chintanaya
People are an important resource and human
resource development should be the main objective of any programme
implemented to serve people. As it is what happens is that those who
serve the people exert power over them as they control the resources
and they decide what is important for the people.