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Appeal for urgent medical aid to IDPs in the North

Appeal for urgent medical aid to IDPs in the North

Arunachalam Henry Sathananthan
Professor, Monash University,
Founder member Tamil Association

Dear Brothers & Sisters

Twenty one of us went to Colombo to get help for our refugees (IDPs) in the North. For the first time the Government listened to us one to one and we initiated a constructive dialogue, which should have been done a long time ago and saved thousands of lives. We opened the door for further negotiation for anyone who wants to go and we will facilitate this to the best of our ability. I missed an important attachment 4 in my last appeal to some of you – Cheddikulam hospital and also added more emails of the Diaspora.

When I met the foreign minister in October 2008 in Melbourne with Dr.Nadesan, I requested him to open up the roads and allow our IDPs to go anywhere they like, which he agreed to in Colombo among other concessions, which will be elaborated in our website in due course by other members of our team. We represented ourselves as individuals members of the Diaspora and seek nothing in return. I represented my forefathers and my father, the late C.Arunachalam and my family.

We payed our fares to Singapore but the conference took place in Colombo. Since our mission was primarily to help the IDPs, I undertook urgent medical needs for our IDPs and met the Secretary Health Ministry on 30th March 2009, in keeping with my expertise, which was agreed to at the conference. I will do my best to help these people who have nothing left, except may be there homes or land. The government has given them shelter, food and some medical aid and now it is our turn to help, irrespective of our political affiliations. The news this week has not been good and we have lost more innocent lives and a generation of youth on both sides, our children. We may be able to stop this by further negotiation, if you all are willing and able.

Here are the stats:-

  • 60,000 IDPs in government welfare camps – more coming day by day- many injured or maimed
  • 60,000 or more trapped in 20 sq Km in the “safety zone” under LTTE control (Peace Council)
  • 14 IDP camps in Vavuniya (see table attached) – one was visited by some of us
  • 1 camp in Ambepussa – 39 youth who surrendered – we saw it and were impressed

Urgent needs from Health Ministry:-

  • ·         Anaesthetists
  • ·         Orthopaedics surgeons
  • ·         Psychologists
  • ·         Physiotherapists & Occupational therapists
  • ·         Drugs and bandages (drugs approved by Ministry – are cheaper in SL)
  • ·         Cheddikullam hospital – equipment and doctors – instruments cheaper in SL
  • ·         Upgrade Mannar and Vavuniya hospitals
  • ·         Nurses and Counsellors
  • ·         Tents for refugees and doctors in camps

Sri Lankan, Indian and French doctors are already there plus 14 NGOs - local and international

Doctors need to work at least 1 month – security, transport in SL and house? will be provided

So I appeal to all doctors and paramedics in the Diaspora – Tamil, Sinhalese, Burgher, Muslim and also Australians. We have to work closely with the Health Ministry and Sri Lankan doctors

Other needs for IDPs. These will be addressed by other members of our group eventually

  • Food and nutrition
  • Beds and sheets
  • Books, schools and teachers
  • Computers and CDs, DVDs, PPTs
  • Prostheses
  • Toys

Yes we can :-

  • Sponsor a student or orphan in a school
  • Sponsor a family for rehabilitation
  • Rehab a whole village
  • Tell your relatives in SL to give a home to a family – anywhere in Sri Lanka
  • Contribute funds to ICRC or camps, churches, temples or open your bank account in SL

I urge the Tamil diaspora to come forward in the darkest hour of our tormented history. Don’t take a back seat now, politics apart. The IDPs need your support now or never. They have suffered enough. They are your own people – not so fortunate as you all are. They have to be resettled and cannot live in camps for the rest of their lives. This is there hour of need. There are no “traitors” among any one of us, as someone accused. Please visit http://srilankan-diaspora.org/ for images of our refugees and other information

Lets meet soon to discuss further and answer questions and work together

Arunachalam Henry Sathananthan
Professor, Monash University,
Founder member Tamil Association

Situation of the IDP camps in the Vavuniya
 (Daily Update on 29th March)

The total number of IDP camps in Vavuniya is 14 at the moment and the no of IDPs in the camps are 47 672.

 

25th

26th

27th

28th

29th

Cheddikulam .M.V(school)

1999

1999

1999

1999

1937

Arivithodam School (Menicfarm)

599

599

599

599

599

Kathirgamar village (Menikfarm) 

6545

6545

6545

6545

6545

Nelukulam welfare centre

3110

3110

3110

3112

3109

Pampaimadhu campus hostel

4081

4081

4114

4114

4087

Gamini Mahavidiyalayam

1491

1502

1511

1511

1511

Poonthoddam Mahavidiyalayam

1320

1320

1320

1320

1320

Nelukulam Technical college

3028

3028

3026

3027

3038

Saivapirakasha school

3086

3006

2937

2959

2959

Kovilkulam Hindu college

1166

1166

1166

1173

1173

Vavuniya Tamil.M.M.V welfare center

5006

5012

5012

5024

4965

Muslim m v Paddanizoor

1331

1331

1394

1394

1394

Arunasalam Villege

8603

8603

8603

8619

9832

College of Education

5235

5229

5229

5225

5203

Total IDPS

46600

46557

46592

46621

47672

 


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02.04.2009
The Coordinator,
DPU,
Ministry 0f Healthcare & Nutrition,
Colombo,

As per your telephone conversation, I am furnishing the list of equipment and furniture needed for GH Mannar.

xx

Proposal for the Urgent purchase of Essential Medical Equipments, Instruments and Drugs

 

 

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