A tribute to Ragama Hospital doctors and staff

At a time when my fellow citizens praising the private hospitals, I would like to seek the permission of the editor of this paper to narrate my story which is a tribute to the hardworking medical experts and doctors in the public sector.

My 16 year old daughter Mihiri Seneviratne was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital on June 29 this year due to an unknown ailment in her stomach. As the doctors failed to diagnose the ailment, we decided to shift her to Negombo Base Hospital.

Surgeon Dr Rohan Range of the Negombo Hospital conducted many tests and directed the patient to specialist doctor AJith Ranasinghe. Both doctors were of the opinion that the surgery would be risky and it should be conducted at the Ragama Teaching Hospital. Later, the patient was directed to Specialist doctor Chandika Liyanage of the Ragama Teaching Hospital.

On July 16, a team of experts led by Dr Chandika Liyanage assisted by other staff of the Ward No 20 of the Ragama Hospital, conducted a four-hour long operation on the child to save her life. The operation was successful thanks to their hard work and exemplary conduct of the team.

The child now fully recovered and is getting ready for the GCE Advanced Level examination next year. We, the parents like to express our gratitude to the doctors of the Ragama Hospital for saving the life of our child.

- Shalika Seneviratne,

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