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'Two nursing schools in deplorable state'

2013 Jun 18

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Two nurses training schools had gone to rack and ruin, making life miserable for the trainees and the tutorial staff, the Public Service United Nurses Union (GSUNU) said yesterday.

The union’s General Secretary S. Boralessa accused the Health Ministry of not taking action to develop the nurses training schools in Hambantota and Matara. The conditions at the two schools left much to be desired as some of the basic facilities were not available, he said, noting that the prevailing conditions at the two nursing schools were disgusting as proper toilet facilities and garbage disposal systems had not been provided.

Boralessa claimed that the Hambantota training school was so badly run down that it was infested with snakes. Even cobras and vipers have been found inside the school. The nursing schools lacked basic accommodation facilities, he added.

He said the PSUNU had held several rounds of discussions with Health Secretary, Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka to improve the situation but in vain.

When contacted, Dr. Jayathilaka said that he would send two teams of repairmen to the hospitals with building engineers to attend to essential repairs next week. The buildings were in a bad state. But the Ministry would take action to repair them, he said.

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