Karapitiya kidney transplant unit sick



by Dasun Edirisinghe


The Kidney Transplant Unit of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle, which started operations nearly one and a half years ago has performed only five transplants so far due to lack of facilities, according to health sector trade unions.


General Secretary of the All Ceylon Health Services Union Gamini Kumarasinghe said the Kidney Transplant Unit had been opened without all required facilities.


Two operating theatres were needed for the unit, but there was only one at the moment.


Kumarasinghe said that it was also short of anaesthetists.


"It could perform two kidney transplants per day if necessary facilities were provided," he said.


The JVP trade unionist said that there were 35 patients on the waiting list for kidney transplants at the Karapitiya Hospital at present.


Kumarasinghe said that as the only teaching hospital in the Southern Province, the patients came to it not only from the three districts of the province but also from Moneragala and the southern parts of the Ratnapura District.


Director of the Hospital Dr. Shelton Perera, contacted for comment, said that though they started kidney transplants it was yet to be established as a separate unit.


He said they were awaiting Cabinet approval for necessary facilities and once they were provided, it would function as a separate unit.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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