Referral system to minimise congestion in hospitals
COLOMBO: A referral system will be introduced shortly for Sri Lanka
in order to minimise the congestion of the hospitals and minimise
wastage of specialist doctors’ time and labour.
This will enable specialist doctors to spend more time for one
patient. At the moment both relevant and irrelevant patients consult
specialist doctors and blame the doctors saying that they spent very
little time for one patient which is unavoidable, said Healthcare and
Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.
“Although blaming the Government for everything is a common tendency
today, epilepsy cannot be attributed as a shortcoming of the
Government,” he said.
Addressing a press conference at the Health Education Bureau to
announce the work programme to mark the July 5 Epilepsy Day, Minister De
Silva said some people see all that Government does as wrong because
they see things through coloured glasses and there are others who remain
blind to things taking place around them.
“It is the responsibility of the journalists to eradicate myths from
the society without promoting them,” he said.
“People believe that they should consult specialists all the time.
For every little thing like a simple cold, they want to consult a
specialist. When they consult a specialist they feel comfortable and are
cured half, because their sickness is in their minds than in the bodies.
In other countries patients could not consult specialist doctors as
they wish. In UK, they have to go through a long process to see a
specialist and they are not able to consult them directly.
But in Sri Lanka all the patients consult specialists at every turn
and those specialists are unable to allocate adequate time to spend with
just one patient,” the Minister pointed out.
“We have to stop channelling culture and brainwash people taking away
different myths inside their minds. It is important to educate people on
all available treatment for epilepsy.
Other diseases such as diabetics and heart aliments can be managed
with lifestyle changes but epilepsy is not such a disease. But we can
treat epilepsy very effectively,” added the Minister.