This is a personal accolade and a bouquet to that premier medical institution, the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) for Children, in Borella.
They were kind enough to administer the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to me on the 3rd of February 2021, as I was deemed to be a frontline health worker. I was due for the second dose, as they commenced the second round of the vaccination on 29th April 2021. I reported to that hospital on 30th April 2021 and they promptly gave me the second dose of the vaccine.
In my professional life, I have spent a total of around 17 years at this hospital, in all possible positions, such as Intern House Physician, Medical Officer OPD, Paediatric Registrar, Resident Paediatrician, Visiting Paediatrician of the OPD and, finally, as the Visiting Paediatrician in charge of Unit No.9 for 12 years, before my retirement. For me, that hospital was a home away from home, in a career spanning 37 years.
When I reported there for my jabs, I was treated extremely well – in fact, virtually like a VVIP. Although I was more than willing to wait in a queue, they would not even hear of it; an unsolicited privilege. The nurses and the Sisters were most kind, younger medical colleagues made sure that I was attended to immediately, and two of my younger consultant colleagues stayed there on standby, just in case anything went even slightly wrong. I was observed after the injection for about half an hour and was then released. A young consultant came with me even to my car, across the Maradana Road, to ensure that all was well.
With me, there were several other retired consultants of similar vintage who came for the vaccine, who were also treated in the very same manner. To say the least, it was ever so lovely to have been treated that way, in that very same hospital where my heart really lies.
I also saw many other healthcare workers of all kinds, of different grades of the hospital, getting their shots. They, too, were treated extremely well and really the same way as we were treated. It was not only us, perhaps the privileged, who were treated so very well.
So, take a bow, the administration and all staff at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children; you are, indeed, the best of the very best.
Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.
Dr. B. J. C. PERERA
Specialist Consultant Paediatrician
Nelum Kuluna poses danger to aircraft
The top of Nelum Kuluna (Lotus Tower) stands 350 above sea level in the heart of Colombo City, as the air navigators of old would say, sticking out like a ’sore thumb’. It has to be lit up in accordance with the Aircraft Obstacle Lighting recommendations contained in Annex 14 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Convention originally signed by Ceylon in 1944.
A free-standing tower of that height is required by international law to be lit up not only at night with red lights, but also with high visibility white strobe lights during the day.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be on always during the day. The authorities concerned must realise that the strobe lighting during the day is not for beauty but for air safety, especially these days, when the air quality and visibility are low during the day.
Have those in charge of the tower been briefed properly on the legal requirement and the use of proper lighting? In case of an accident, this certainly will have implications on insurance claims.
I wonder whether the ‘Regulator’, Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka would like to comment.
If not rectified, it will be just a matter of time an aircraft will be impaled by the Nelum Kuluna.
I M Nervy (Aviator)
Simple questions to Sirisena and Gotabaya
If Sirisena had not been informed of the plans to explode bombs on 21st of April 2019, as he has claimed, shouldn’t he have taken immediate action to call for explanation from Nilantha Jayawardena, then head of State Intelligent Service (SIS), who had been notified several times about the impending attack by the Indian intelligence.
Sirisena and Jayawardena should be prosecuted for allowing a mass murder to take place. Further Sirisena should be made to explain his famous uttering, “I will reveal everything, if somebody tries to implicate me”.
Why did Gotabaya, who announced his candidature for presidency almost immediately after the Easter Sunday attack and promised to punish those who were involved in it, pay no attention to Nilantha Jayawardena’s failure in taking necessary action with regard to information he received, instead he was given a promotion?
President Ranil Wickremesinghe at a meeting with USAID Administrator Samantha Power on September 11, 2022 had said that Scotland Yard had been requested to review the reports and reach a final conclusion on claims that there was a hidden hand behind the bombings.
We do not need Scotland Yard, just get an honest set of Sri Lankan police officers to question Nilantha, Sirisena and Gotabaya to find the “hidden hand behind the bombings”
Open letter to Sirisena
Y you were in Singapore when the Easter Sunday attacks took place. You claimed that you had not been informed of the intelligence received by your intelligence officers. However, the Supreme Court has ordered you to pay Rs 100M as compensation to the victims of the terror attacks. The reasons for the decision are stated in the judgement.
Acting on a claim that there was a conspiracy to assassinate you and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya you caused the interdiction and arrest of DIG Nalaka Silva, who was held in custody without bail for a long time.
In his testimony to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, Silva said that he had been interdicted while plans were in place to arrest Zaharan.
Due to the arrest of DIG Silva, Zaharan escaped arrest. Silva was never charged. Zaharan continued with his plans and the rest is history.
After the SC order you have been claiming that you have no money to pay the Rs 100M as compensation. You are asking for public help to pay compensation to Easter carnage victims. You even accepted some money collected by a person called Sudaththa Tilakasiri, who begged from people.
You have said publicly that you submitted your asset declarations. I suggest that you sell all your assets declared in the declarations before asking for funds from the public.
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