Prescriptions should be properly dispensed - Health Care and
Certain people in the Health Ministry who think that they are the
superiors should ensure that prescriptions are correctly dispensed by
the subordinates, Minister of Health Care and Nutrition, and Leader of
the House Nimal Siripala de Silva said recently.
The Minister said this at the inauguration of the jointly sponsored
program of training 1,000 pharmacists with the National Apprentice and
Industrial Training Authority. The agreement was signed by the Minister
of Vocational and Technical Training Piyasene Gamage, and Minister Nimal
Siripala de Silva to coincide with the third year induction of the
President. Those selected as apprentice pharmacists were also awarded
their letters of selection at this function.
Previously our Ministry trained 550 pharmacists and presented them
for the external examination for pharmacists. Today we have selected
1,000 for training in this examination. Therefore today is a day of
national importance. The Government has recruited a large number to
Government service and 15,000 have been recruited as nurses. Every one
who passed the medical degree has been appointed to Government
hospitals, another batch have been recruited to the paramedical service
and already 42,000 graduates have been employed," the ministry further
The responsibility of crushing terrorism which had been an impediment
to the peace in the country is being effectively done and bringing rays
of hope for Sri Lankans devoid an era.
When I took charge of the Ministry of Health there were only 550
pharmacist and now it has been increased to 2500. There are vacancies
for pharmacists and nurses in foreign countries. Today my Ministry has
become a foreign exchange earner by training people for profitable
employment overseas, he added.
"Today vocational training is widely spoken of and the number of
unemployed people joining the training is increasing daily. It is the
duty of my Ministry to engage the school leaving population in
development work without being a burden to the country," Ministry gamage
Providing employment has become a big problem to the country and the
biggest problem is providing employment to graduates. Students haven't
been properly educated as what they have learnt is not suitable for
finding employment in our country. Therefore the graduates need a
retraining suitable to the country. There is no scarcity of employment
to pharmacists, nurses and those who have studied in the industrial
sector. In future we wan't to train apprentices as lab assistants radio
graphers in association with the Ministry of Health.