Anuradhapura hospital sick

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, one of the largest public health institutions in the country, lacks facilities, though it is overflowing with patients.

There were about 50 cancer patients warded there but only 27 beds were available in the cancer unit, a doctor revealed yesterday.

A sister attached to the cancer ward said that lack of beds had caused many problems. About 23 patients had been placed under beds, she said. Successive governments had been giving step-motherly treatment to that vital hospital which had treated war casualties for years, she said.

Hospital Director Dr. W. Atapattu, when contacted, said about 1,500 patients visited the OPD daily and about 300 were admitted for in-patient care. But, the hospital lacked resources. It was short of personnel belonging to all categories, he said.

Dr. Atapattu said medical students from the Rajarata Medical faculty were trained at this hospital, but only two oncologists were available to treat more than 50 cancer patients in wards and many more who visited the OPD. "I have been asking the Ministry officials to provide the hospital with necessary facilities as it caters to a large number of people and trains medical students, but all my requests have fallen on deaf ears. "

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