Request to assistance and support to handle the Humanitarian crisis in Wanni

Kilinochchi Medical Association representing the doctors from the Kilinochchi district requested assistance and support to handle the Humanitarian crisis in Wanni Region.They have sent a request letter to the Secretary of GMOA.

Full text of the letter

Dear Sir,

Re: Assistance and support to handle the Humanitarian crisis in Wanni region

We, the Kilinochchi Medical Association representing the doctors from the Kilinochchi district is now seeking your kind assistance and support to handle the Humanitarian crisis in Wanni Region.

Due to ongoing military operations to liberate the LTTE control territories, many civilians are compel to abundant their dwellings and resettle in the areas which are not suitable according to the medical point of view.

Even though significant amount of people are displaced from the Kilinochchi town, the remaining population and the displaced people in this district are dependent on the Kilinochchi District General hospital which is the one and only Tertiary care institution.

This displacement causes a big challenge to our medical sector which is already running with limited carders.

For example, most of the people are living in temporary shelters which are located in the paddy fields and flooding areas. As the monsoon season started already, we are receiving a huge numbers of babies with dysentery and gastro enteritis.

Adding to this worst, Kilinochchi General Hospital premises are hit by the shrapnels of aerial bombs and Glass windows of the ICU smashed by the blast wave.

In order to secure the valuable medical equipments and at the same time to give the medical assistance for the displaced population, RDHS Kilinochchi decided to move the part of the hospital to a Government school known as Visuvamadu Maha Vidyalayam in the area where most of the people are resettled and to a peripheral unit at Tharmapuram. But, you can imagine and understand our struggle to run a General hospital in a periphery.

Currently at this Visuvamadu Maha Vidyalayam 100 displaced families are residing. Further more, eleven displaced schools are attached with this Maha Vidyalayam.

It is clear that before we are starting to function the General Hospital at Visuvamadu, we need to fulfill following two major tasks

1. IDP families need to be resettled outside the school premises

2. Need to facilitate the School administration to continue the functions of these schools without interruption.

We asked local NGOs to help to solve these tasks. At the same time we communicated with ICRC in these regards.

As we are the doctors representing the Sri Lankan Government in the Health sector it is our responsibility to look after innocent Sri Lankan citizens of these areas and we hope that we are having rights to demand our government on behalf of our people.

At this juncture, as a powerful trade union in Sri Lanka, we decided to get your assistance and moral support to over come our hardships.

So could you please assist us to tackle this situation and if possible, send your representatives to visit our District.

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