For protecting rights and facilitating nurses in the COVID 19
mission, Sri Lanka
With this crisis situation Sri Lankan nurses are also facing many difficult situations
when they are acting as the front liners to combat this mission. They face many
difficulties with transport while lock down and curfew imparted, due to insufficient
protective equipment, unorganized working shift schedules etc.
As a leading nursing trade union the Government Nursing Officers’ Association
(GNOA) has taken many actions for the safety of nurses, and to protect the nurses’
A hot line system was established by the GNOA to report members’ problems, make
suggestions and communicate concerns.
GNOA president Mr. Saman Rathnapriya held the first press conference on 30th
January and emphasized to the minister of health to make proper steering Committee
to control the pandemic and to ensure the safety of the health staff by providing
necessary protective equipment and by arranging special precaution for the staff.
Further, frequent press clips were released frequently.
Letters have been sent to the president, Prime minister, health minister and to the
Secretary of Health Sri Lanka, including suggestions to protect our staff and
The president of GNOA and executive members held 04 discussions with the
minister of health and with the secretary of health. As a result of discussions held
following achievements have been made;
Establishing of proper working schedule with minimal exposure.
Supplying foods and quarters facilities for all the nurses who work in
COVID 19 units.
Special releasing opportunities for pregnant nurses and nurses with chronic
Considering off days as working days.
Providing transport facilities for the health workers.
Granting permission to report to nearest hospital for nurses who are unable
to report to their workplaces.
Introducing an insurance scheme for all health workers who are involve in
COVID 19 mission with collaboration of Sri Lanka Insurance Cooperation.