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Kumudesh calls for appointment of ombudsman to hear woes of patients

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The government must establish an institution to entertain complaints from patients about problems with drugs or services and a mechanism to investigate these complaints, President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS) Ravi Kumudesh says.

The Laboratory Technologist had also demanded an investigation into the death of a 35-year-old woman following surgery at the National Eye Hospital, Kumudesh said, adding that Himali Priyadharshani Weerasinghe had passed away without gaining consciousness after an eye surgery.

“The deceased underwent surgery on 05 July. There are many who suspect that she died due to the anaesthetic used in the surgery. We have raised concerns about the quality of Anestisol, a brand of the sedative-hypnotic agent Propofol. The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) dismissed these concerns.

Recently, the Health Minister insisted in Parliament that the deaths at two hospitals in Peradeniya had not been caused by an anaesthetic,” he said.Kumudesh said that patients were dying or facing serious consequences due to low-quality drugs, and it was the responsibility of the government to look into these reports.

“We urge the people to think rationally; don’t panic. The overwhelming majority of healthcare professionals are deeply committed to your well-being. If you have suspicions about the side effects of a drug, complain to the Sri Lanka Medical Council, Director General of health services,” he said.

The anaesthetic believed to have caused two deaths at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital had been procured through the Indian Credit Line, Dr. Vijith Gunasekera from the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) told journalists last week.

Dr. Gunasekera said certain drugs obtained under the Indian Credit line were used in Sri Lanka without being registered with the NMRA.He said Sri Lanka, facing a severe shortage of essential items, including drugs, had relied heavily on loans from various countries and organisations for the procurement of drugs. He cited lack of testing capacity as a hindrance to examining every batch of imported drugs.



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10,000 children at 336 Child Development Centers nationwide to receive gift parcels from President today (13)

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Through an initiative taken by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, over 10,000 children under the care of 336 child development centers throughout the country, will receive gift parcels today (13).

The distribution sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits Limited is coordinated by the office of the President with support from the office of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Sri Lanka Army.

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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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