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The Government Medical Officers Association says it will resort to stern action if the government fails to adopt the proposals forwarded by the association pertaining to the issue surrounding the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine.

Commenting on the strike action launched by the GMOA, Member of the Central Working Committee Dr. Prasad Colambage said the GMOA has taken steps to ensure emergency services within hospitals are in operation.

The GMOA launched a token strike in several districts this morning and is scheduled to be in effect until the 15th of September.

Accordingly, strikes are currently underway in the districts of Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Nuwara-Eliya, Hambantota, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Mullaithivu today.

Dr Colambage said steps have been taken to ensure emergency services are in operation at all hospitals adding that the Children’s wards, Maternity Wards, Cancer Hospital and Kidney Units have not been included into the strike action.

The Doctor noted however the rest of the department and the Out Patient Departments have been closed down adding that the association does not wish to cause the general public any inconvenience.

He further stated this is done purely to remind the government that stern action will be taken in future adding that the district and provincial level strikes will continue tomorrow.

Dr Prasad Colambage said the government must realize that the SAITM issue is serious.