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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2640

Sri Lanka Hospitals are ready with drugs and medicines to treat the armed forces and civilians

By Vandana Jayasinhge

Colombo, 19 October, (Asiantribune.com): With repeated attacks to the Sri Lankan armed forces and civilians by the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE), all the major hospitals in the country have been supplied with adequate stocks of essential medical items to face any emergency situation.

Director Medical Supplies Division (MSD) Dr. Hemantha Beneragama said that there was no shortage of drugs in hospitals and each hospital maintained a buffer stock to face any kind of emergency situations.

He said that loads of drugs had been sent from Colombo to hospitals where army casualties were treated. This is to replace the stocks, which were used from the buffer stock to treat casualties in emergency. "When there is a continuous flow of drugs, these hospitals can maintain their buffer stocks of essential medical items to avoid shortages," he said.

After the suicide bomb attack at the Naval Base in Galle yesterday early morning, the MSD Director had inquired about the availability of essential drugs in the Karapitiya Hospital. According to Dr.Beneragama, there was no shortage of essential drugs in Karapitiya, Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Kurunegala hospitals at the moment.

"Majority of casualties of the Habarana bomb attack were admitted to the Kurunegala Hospital and it has a buffer stock of essential medical items to treat over 500 patients. So, there is no shortage of life saving items any of these hospitals", he confirmed.

According to Dr. Beneragama, allocation for purchasing of drugs including all drugs, surgical consumables, surgical instruments, lab items and dental items for next year have been doubled to Rs. 12,500 million, compared to this years’ allocation, which is Rs. 7500 million.

Meanwhile, the hospital authorities claimed that lives of a large number of sailors injured at the suicide bomb attack in Habarana could be saved if the Dambulla Hospital was well equipped to treat patients in an emergency. According to hospital sources, most of the critically injured sailors, who were transported to National Hospital and Kurunagala Hospital due to lack of necessary equipment and shortage of doctors, died on their way to these hospitals.

- Asian Tribune -

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