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Jul 17, 2017

Medical aid from Diaspora doctors for south’s flood-victims Featured

A group of expatriate Sri Lankan doctors have extended medical assistance for flood-victims in the south recently as a confidence-building measure among communities in the country, says the Global Tamil Forum.

Together with Sarvodya Shramadana Movement, the GTF got down the 17 medical professionals to help people in difficult villages in Kalutara and Matara districts on July 17.

In a statement, the two organizations said the country’s health service was at a high level, but that hey came forward to assist with the intention of uniting and building confidence between the Sinhala and Tamil communities.

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The GTF said it was a demonstration of the Tamil diaspora’s willingness to share their abilities and skills, noting the medical clinics held by Lankan doctors from Britain, Canada, Norway, US, France, Bahrain and Germany.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that with the support of the local doctors in the two districts, 780 patients, including children at two children’s homes, were treated within 10 days, and also spectacles distributed to 300 persons.

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At a function at the foreign ministry, ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake, Rajitha Senaratne, D.M. Swaminathan, opposition leader R. Sampanthan and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran thanked the contributors.

Samaraweera said on the occasion he hoped the GTF would continue to support Sri Lanka to achieve lasting peace and stability.

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