Cardinal asks GMOA to postpone work stoppage

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By Yohan Perera   
Colombo’s Archbishop Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday urged the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) to postpone its work stoppage on humanitarian grounds in the wake of dengue disease reaching epidemic proportions. 

MR021113He also urged for a joint effort by all stakeholders to eradicate the deadly disease and requested political parties to desist from using the dengue and garbage crises to score brownie points.   

“The work stoppage by the GMOA will have a negative effect on the people who have been already hit by the dengue epidemic,” the Cardinal said while highlighting the fact the with some five per cent of the population suffering from the disease it had turned into epidemic proportions.   

The Cardinal asked the government to introduce a scientific garbage disposal method and pointed out that garbage was being dumped in the wetlands of Muthurajawela, blocking the flow of water into the sea.   

“Let’s get together to arrest this unfortunate situation in the name of God and humanity,” the Cardinal said and added that the church had called for a week of prayer and fasting from July 10 to seek divine intervention to stem the spread of the epidemic.