Karapitiya cardio-thoracic unit to reopen soon

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The theatre complex, in the cardio-thoracic unit of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, would be re-opened shortly, after a temporary closure of over one month, due to an air leak. Health Ministry sources said yesterday that the Microbiologist report stated that the leak of outside air through the air conditioning could lead to a spread of bacteria within the theatre.

A deadly bacterium has been blamed for a number of deaths in that unit.

Sources said that the Health Minister had called for a report early this week on the situation within the theatre complex, after surgeries had to be temporarily suspended for a second time since October. The Director General Health Services (DGHS) instructed Deputy Director Dr. Jayampathy Senanayake to inquire into the matter and submit a report.

The Director’s report had revealed that the air outside the theatre complex seeped in through the air conditioning. The company responsible for manufacturing and maintaining the theatre air conditioning systems repaired and handed it over. However sterilization would take another four days, they said.

The theatre complex has three theatres and a Catheterization Unit.

Meanwhile, informed Karapitiya Teaching Hospital sources said that the theatres were still in the process of being washed and the hospital authorities would not be able to reopen them as scheduled. There was a lengthy procedure involved and it would take more time they said.

Hospital authorities were not available for comment.

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