|Thursday, 21 October 2004|
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The pertinent question asked by all foreign Medical Graduates after qualifying the prescribed local examinations is 'What will they do until they are absorbed for the internship'.
Some of these graduates had waited for more than one and a half years for the internship. An Engineer graduate as soon as he is passed out is given a job. Even these medical graduates are barred from doing any form of medical work and as a result go blank in their chosen field.
Each Foreign Medical Graduate has to spend several millions for the entire course of study abroad and every year entire student population spend billions.
There was a time before 1995 when the North Colombo Medical College was in existence, the students who failed to qualify by one or two marks entered this Medical College and saved billions of our hard earned money. But then the radicals objected to the existence of a private medical college citing the most silliest reasons.
Today we have realized that a Private Medical College is a must to our children due to primarily the Faculties are unable to provide seats for those who qualify by cutting and chopping and the rest of the children who have missed out by narrowly to qualify could also enter a private medical college and avoid ending such students spending millions of our valuable money.
The Health Department could also have a hand in the administration of such medical college and the Medical Council too could get involved in the final examination of such medical college, so as to maintain the standard required of them.
We could also invite foreign students specially from SAARC countries to enrol in to such medical college and to earn foreign exchange.
This is an eye-opener to those narrow minded politicians and professionals 'live and let live'.
C. M. MAYADEEN, Colombo 3
The letter titled 'Doctor thugs, mudalalis and Channelling' by Deshapriya Rajapaksa (Oct. 11) is very pertinent. Many Sri Lankans resort to channelling medical specialists to get a medical opinion with less hassle than at ill run Government hospitals.
As Mr. Rajapaksa has stated they spend anything from about Rs. 380 to Rs. 900 to consult a medical specialist and as he has stated the medical specialist rarely, if at all come at the appointed time. In some well-known private hospitals, the crowd is so high that the air conditioning provided is quiet inadequate and parking for the patients is non-existent.
The Sri Lanka Medical Council and or the Fare Trades Commission or some other trade regulation body should investigate the service given to the sick customers of the medical specialists and the private hospitals engaged in the business of private medical services.
VIJITH EDIRIWALA, Pannipitiya
On a recent pilgrimage to India, I observed an improved system of Traffic lights operating there, which may be introduced in Sri Lanka too as one of greater use to the public.
In Sri Lanka, the Traffic light does not indicate when it started and when it will stop. So if the Traffic light is set to operate, say, for ten minutes, the pedestrians waiting to cross the road will not know at what time the signal will go off. In the Indian system when the Traffic light flashes on a time device indicating the passing of seconds 1,2,3, and so on and the pedestrians know it is safe to cross.
If the lights are set to flash for ten seconds, when the time indicates passage of nine minutes pedestrians will not cross as the vehicles will be ready to move forward and pedestrians crossing maybe knocked down.
It is safer for pedestrians if this system is adopted in Sri Lanka too. Perhaps the Traffic Police, Commissioner of Motor Traffic and the Colombo Municipal Council could jointly study this scheme and if feasible adopt it for Sri Lankan roads.
THUNAALAI S. A. MASILAMANY, Colombo 10
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