More X’mas casualties this year


By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The National Hospital yesterday revealed that there was a marginal increase in the number of casualties recorded on Christmas Eve (24) and Christmas Day (25).

Director of the National Hospital (NHSL), Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that 546 cases that included road accidents, home accidents, falls, acts of violence and fire cracker injuries. The number last year had been 512.

Giving a breakdown Dr. Jasinghe said that there had been 114 road accidents, 110 home accidents, 64 violent incidents, and two fire cracker incidents. Last year there had been 159 road traffic accidents and 38 cases of violence.

The Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) when contacted said that all though there had been approximately about 10 to 15 patients who had been brought to the Hospital during the two days they had not been related to Christmas eve and Christmas day revelries.

Meanwhile the Deputy Director of the Ragama Teaching Hospital was not available for comment while  the Hospital Police Post refused to comment stating that all details had been handed over to the Police Spokesman.

The Kurunegala Teaching Hospital Director when contacted said that he was on leave but that he would have been informed if there had been major Christmas Eve or Christmas day related incidents. The Deputy Director in Charge could not be contacted for comment at the time while hospital staff said they were not authorised to give information.

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