Heart surgeries to be stopped due to lack of air-conditioning

Karapitiya Teaching Hospital

By Lalith Chaminda and S.K.Kaluarachchi

Cardiothorasic surgeon Dr. Namal Gamage has decided to stop performing surgeries from nest Monday as the air-conditioner at the Karapituya Teaching Hospital is not funtioning. There were around 3,000 heart patients waiting to undergo heart surgery at the hospital sources said.

Heart patients are admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for post-operative care hospital sources said adding that as the central air-conditioning system of the hospital was not functioning, patients were exposed to various infections.

Although a number of requests had been made for repairing the central airconditioning system, no action had been taken, hospital sources said..

The patients also have made the same request to the authorities.Director of the hospital, Dr. Jayamapathy Senanayake contacted for comments said, that Dr. Namal Gamage had made a written request to have the central air conditioning system repaired and informed that he would be compelled to stop surgeries as the patients lives were in danger..

We have called for tenders to have the system restored and it costs several millions of rupees.

The matter has been brought to the notice of the Health Ministry and once approval is granted the job will be done, Dr. Senanayake said.

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