The JVP yesterday called for a facebook for the IDPs on internet so that their relatives could locate their whereabouts and other details about them.
JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake told a news conference yesterday that Sri Lanka should follow Cambodia where photos and details of the war displaced persons were published from time to time.
He said the Health Ministry report on the IDPs have let the cat out of the bag as the death rate in the
camps have been higher than international standards. He said the death rate as at August 10 had been ten out of 40,000 a day whereas the international standard is one out of 40,000.
Coming up with more details on the report he said many deaths in the camps had been due to curable diseases such as diarrhea and Pneumonia.
He said 25 people had died of Pneumonia since June this year.
JVP MP Vijitha Herath who heads the centre established by the party to scan the issues of IDPs said the 47 doctors in the camps were interns while there were only 21 nurses. He said the government had been compelled to hold training sessions to these doctors. Mr. Herath charged that the government had been able to re settle only 25 percent of the IDPs as it reached the half way mark of the 180-day deadline.
He charged that the government had turned down a promise given to the party s relief force Red Star to take over medical services in one camp. He said the Health Ministry Secretary agreed to this but had never implemented it.
Mr. Herath also alleged that some NGOs and UN agencies were being allowed to work in camps while foreign diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka got information on the camps through doctors and other officers. This is a dangerous trend as there is a possibility of false information being communicated to the international community, he said.