President Maithripala Sirisena says future plans for health sector will pay priortize attention on strengthening of prevention of diseases.
He said, accordingly the services of Health Medical Officers and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) will be strengthened through providing additional facilities.
The President was speaking at 82nd Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors Union, held at Nelum Pokuna today (Aug. 22).
“Though the government made a comprehensive investment to strengthen the treatment units by providing required physical and human resource, the funds allocated for prevention of diseases is not adequate”, he pointed out.
He said it is essential to strengthen the sections which prevent diseases to build a healthy nation which is a main index of the country’s development.
The President said PHIs are officers who are in a service which is admired by the people.
President Sirisena who expressed appreciation over the service of the PHIs who execute their duties even amidst insults and harassments by some people. He also commended their service during the recent disasters and in the issue on garbage.
President Sirisena presented gifts to five retired PHIs at this occasion. He also presented five appointment letters for Justice of Peace.
President of the Public Health Inspectors’ Union M. P. Upul Rohana presented a souvenir to the President.
Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka and Rajitha Senarathne were among those who participated in this event.