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Health Ministry To Send Doctors To The North

Nov 13, 2010 2:21:00 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Health authorities in northern Sri Lanka have reportedly appealed for more doctors to work in the Jaffna peninsula due to a shortage of doctors in the area even following the end of the war.

The Health Ministry has said it has agreed to transfer doctors who are presently serving in hospitals in the south and the transfers are expected to take place by November 29.

Jaffna regional director of health services Arumugam Ketheeswaran has been quoted in the BBC as saying the area’s hospitals currently had only 25 doctors and needed at least 100 more.

Officials have also doctors are unwilling to go to Jaffna because it is still under heavy security even though the land route to the peninsula has now been re-opened.