President orders probe

Rikillagaskada death due to Ebola or drug poisoning:


By Ajith Alahakoon

Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala has, on the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, appointed a committee to ascertain whether the death of a patient at the Rikillagaskada hospital recently was due to Ebola virus or drug poisoning.

The daughter of the deceased has said that her mother was hospitalised after she complained of an ailment in the spine. The following day her face was swollen after being given an injection and subsequently she died.

The woman said that the doctors had wanted her mother’s remains buried in an eight-foot-deep grave as she was suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus.

"Since the word spread in the village that my mother had died of Ebola, some of our relatives didn’t come to pay their last respects to her," she said.

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