The assistance of the Sri Lanka Army has been offered to conduct emergency skeletal services at island-wide government hospitals in response to a request, following trade union action staged by the minor staff working in hospitals today.
At the request of the Ministry of Health, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva has accordingly directed Army formations at provincial levels to deploy Army personnel to Government hospitals in order to assist the conduct of essential services.
The army media unit said that troops have been deployed to State hospitals in Awissawella, Badulla, Kosgama, Colombo South, Kurunegala, Elpitiya, Matara, Lady Ridgeway and Okkampitiya.
In addition, a reserve contingent of Army personnel is on standby in case of further requirements. (Colombo Gazette)