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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 18:45
The brand of dye used on 4 heart victims withdrawn from use
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Health authorities suspect the death of 4 heart patients at the Colombo National Hospital, may be been caused due to an allergic reaction to a brand of dye that was used during surgery.

The Health Ministry stated that a three member committee has been appointed to investigate the cause of sudden deaths.

Heart surgery was done on 6 patients in Cardiology Unit of the Colombo National Hospital on November 28 and, 4 patients died later due to complications.  

Certain Media reported that the patients died due to substandard chemicals which were used during the surgeries.

Health Service Deputy Director General Dr. Lakshmi C Samaratunga will chair the investigation committee while Laboratory Service Director Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe and Ministry Senior Assistant Secretary Rohana de Silva are the other members of the committee.

Meanwhile, Health Minster Rajitha Senarathna said at the media conference to inform Cabinet decisions held today, said that a particular dye suspected to be the cause of deaths has already been removed from use.

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