Death of patients and dearth of facilities

Published : 6:44 pm  January 13, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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The death of an attendant at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital prompted its staff members to take to the streets demanding the relevant authorities to take necessary measures to provide much needed facilities to patients.  The protestors pointed out that the municipality had neglected their duty of clearing the premises which could lead to the spread of Dengue fever. In this backdrop, the Daily Mirror spoke to some of the protestors and authorities.


By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath
Employees of the Colombo South  Hospital in Kalubowila yesterday staged a protest against the lethargic attitude of the authorities regarding the death of a hospital employee. The protest was organised by the Sri Lanka Freedom Health Services Union.
Commenting on this concern, General Secretary of the Union M.P.G. Samarasinghe said a nursing officer and two attendants had died due to Dengue during the last six months.

“There are two more staff members who are in a critical condition. We have done our best for the patients despite the lack of resources. Some employees have even died, yet, nothing has been done about their loss,” he said.

Meanwhile, the trade unionist stated that the Health Ministry had not paid any attention to the danger faced by the hospital staff. Although they clean the premises, the municipality neglected to regularly clear the garbage and drains, he added.  

“This has resulted in environmental pollution and Dengue breeding grounds. The patients find it extremely difficult without the basic facilities. We have two patients sharing one bed and this is another health hazard,” he said.

However, Trade Union President T. Saman Prasanna Peiris said the last victim of Dengue fever was a hospital attendant who expired last Monday (9). He said the protest would be an eye-opener to the authorities.





Dengue in hospital


By Muditha Dayananda and Dayaratne Pathirana
Another attendant of the Kalubowila  Hospital had died of Dengue fever on Monday night, hospital sources said.
The deceased identified as Kasun Sameera (28) from Bandarawaththa in Pokunuwita, Horana, had been married to an attendant of the Kalutara  General Hospital in Nagoda.

His parents said their son, whose condition had not improved after OPD treatment, was hospitalised on December 27, and that he was treated in the ICU for about eight days.

However, the hospital staff pointed out that three employees including a nurse had died of Dengue during the last six months.

Meanwhile, Kalubowila Teaching Hospital Director Dr. Asela Gunawardena said there was no other place to transfer a patient suffering from Dengue fever, and that even Dr. Ananda Wijewickreme of the Gothatuwa Fever Hospital examined the patient. However, he said the patient would have died of lung infection caused by a germ.

In view of the allegation of the parents that the patient died for want of proper treatment, the Inquirer into Sudden Deaths Parinda Kotugoda who held the preliminary inquiry ordered the police to report the incident to court.