Vaharai patient dies due to lack of medicine

[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 December 2006, 17:10 GMT]
A 70 year old patient suffering from pneumonia succumbed to his illness Thursday around 6:30 p.m at the Vaharai hospital for want of medicine, Dr. Thurairasa Varatharajah of Vaharai hospital said. Friday last, the doctor made an urgent appeal to transfer 7 patients critically ill warded at Vaharai hospital for further treatment to Batticaloa Teaching hospital to the ICRC and the Deputy director of health services in Batticaloa, but the patients are yet to be taken to Batticaloa Teaching hospital, the doctor said.

K. Nagendran 70, of Palchenai is the patient who died of high pneumonia fever, Vaharai hospital sources said.

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers stationed at Mankerny SLA camp on the A15 route from Vaharai to Batticaloa do not allow even critically ill patients to be taken through their check post at Mankerny since the SLA closure of the road in mid October.


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