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Judiciary, help us!

Anura Dissanayake, the leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna [JVP], most forcefully appealed requesting the Judiciary to expedite the court cases against politicians, so that the voters could decide to whom to vote. It is very likely, if these cases are not finalised, these very same politicians will be nominated by the party leaders, as there had been no proof of misdeeds. So this country will sail along the same way or worse and who suffers – the country and the masses.

Hope this will catch the eye of Attorney General and the Judiciary.

K. Abeysinghe
Pepiliyana


Big thank-you for the General Hospital and the National Eye Hospital

I decided to get my cataract operation at the National Eye Hospital at Town Hall. To get a date for the operation, I had to undergo a series of tests for nine long months (one full day a month) and only after the doctors had cleared doubts on my physical and the eye condition I was given a date.

From the day I got my name registered, I was told to enter Room No 2. There the attendant was a little tough to the patients but insisted that all must sit and the seated patients to share seats with others. Then the nurses called the old ladies and gents as amma and thaththa. They were very pleasant. They were smiling all the time. The unsteady patients were directed to the doctors and back to the seat.

The doctors and nurses treated my eyes as if those were theirs! They did not release me until the whole testing episode was completed. Of course, I had to go to several cubicles for different kinds of tests, but I felt as if I am in the bosom of my mom. The doctors look into the eye, expecting to find some deficiency and forcibly make the patient sit and start a fresh series of tests. At times I felt whether they would try to own my pair of eyes. They had so much of attention towards a person’s eye more than the dress or the talk.

There were beggars, lower middle cast, upper-middle-class people. All were treated equally. One day I felt a terrible smell. I inquired from a nurse who smiled and responded. A beggar lady had just been in the room. The cleaners arrived soon. The nurse cheerfully attended to another patient. There were about six doctors, nurses. None remarked about the smell. They were engrossed with the patients’ eyes. It was at 2 pm. One after another, the doctors left for lunch. Within no time, they were back. One doctor said: “I could not enjoy my lunch, thinking of the queue of patients.” I have my doubts about whether the nurses had lunch. I was there from 6 am to 5 pm. The patients were paid full attention. Some patients complained that their names were not called out. The little angel in the white uniform comforted them with the assurance that their names will be called out soon.

By 11 am, an attendant started distributing cards. He said: “Who wants lunch? Take this and go to the canteen and get your packet.” That was given free to all patients. At the end of the test, the doctor provides a prescription to get the drops from the counter free of charge. One bottle would cost at least Rs 800 otherwise.

When I got admitted to the ward 5, under Doctor Deepani Wewelwala, for my cataract operation, the sisters over there too wore cheerful faces and smiles. They removed the used bed sheets and a new bed sheet was spread and made us feel comfortable. The toilets were really clean. Four times a day, the cleaners see to the cleanliness by sprinkling dettol and other disinfectants.

On the day of the operation, we were treated like dolls. The nurses made sure we wore clean white clothes and sent us to the theatre wishing us good luck. It is a massive theatre with four sections with four surgeons, a massive job done by them to about 200 patients. They went on till 5 pm. No tea break or lunch-break for them.

The meals served were quite sumptuous and clean and mouthwatering.

The following morning, after the operation, the lady doctor checked whether the operations had been successful. She adorned herself with a big smile each time a patient gets up from the testing unit with her saintly voice: “Your operation is successful”.

Then we were made to sit before setting off home, the head nurse explained how to treat the operated eye and the proper sleeping pattern. We were also taught how to bathe and other kinds of everything to secure the eye.

When you walk into Room No 2, after two weeks of the operation, Dr. Deepani Wewalwala accepts all her patients jubilantly. That was the winning trophy she gets.

The General Hospital and the National Eye Hospital silently render immense service to the nation. It cannot be compared to money-making nursing homes. Why do you want to spend your hard-earned money and make doctors rich?

Malathi Perera


Electrified tug-of-war

The news item captioned ‘PUCSL okays emergency power purchase by CEB’ appeared in newspapers, wherein it states: “We approved this given the inconveniences faced by the public. We also instructed the CEB to send us the Power Purchasing Agreement [PPA] after it is signed. We will evaluate and approve whether the unit price is fair.” What puzzles me is, if the unit price is high and the private suppliers refuse to a reduced price, perhaps worked by PUCSL, will the agreement be terminated?

In the alternative had the CEB waited for formal approval, we would be yet in darkness until PUCSL discusses with private suppliers and come to some agreement. The CEB has taken the correct decision on its own, thus avoiding a further delay, causing immense problems to consumers. Readers will remember this same PUCSL found fault with CEB for not informing PUCSL, of power cuts/interruptions, prior to its implementation.

Again the news item states: “The PUCSL reiterated that the current crisis had occurred because the CEB failed to build any power plants that had been approved in the Generation Plan”. PUCSL conveniently and purposely avoids, the exclusion of the Coal Plant which was included in the CEB’s generation plan, which caused differences of opinion, resulting in this mess. Of course, the delay in awarding the tender for the construction of LNG power plant due to the bungling of the Ministry is one other reason for this situation.

It is quite clear, PUCSL is an organisation, overriding the authority or the powers of the Minister P&E and disrupting the smooth working of CEB, which should be carefully studied to prune down its powers or scrap it. Didn’t the earlier arrangements work satisfactorily?

It is earnestly requested, the Board of Directors of CEB, CEB Engineers’ Union, and CEB employees’ Union, make representations to the Minister Ravi Karunanayake, and seek relief and not make consumers suffer.

 

G. A. D. Sirimal
Boralesgamuwa


Power failures

The present power crisis is due to the fault of senior managers of CEB, the Public Utilities Commission and the Ministry. This is not a secret. This is what the politicians are telling. Trade unions also tell the same thing. All the newspapers and TV channels indicate the same picture.

We very kindly request the relevant authorities to appoint a commission to investigate these complaints. Annual loss of CEB is several billions of rupees according newspaper reports.

We also request those in power to check the assets of these officers to ascertain how they have got the houses, vehicles, bank accounts etc. We have to consider those in service and recently retired.

This is one way to control corruption and frauds.

W. Dharmadasa
Navinna


 

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