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Friday, 13 July 2018 - 13:13
Heart surgeries at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital suspended
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A cardiologist attached to Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Dr. Namal Gamage has decided to withdraw from performing heart surgeries from next Monday (Jul 16).
 
He has informed the Hospital Director that the decision was taken as the central air-conditioning system of the Heart Surgery ICU is malfunctioning.
 
It has been reported that several patients had died recently after they were admitted to the ICU following the surgery, due to the defective air-conditioning system.
 
Another patient is fallen critically ill due to an infection caused due to the ICU’s defective AC.
 
It has also been noted that the Ceylon Electricity Board had informed the hospital authority way back in 2013 that the air-conditioning system needed to be upgraded.
 
However, these recommendations were ignored and the AC system has been malfunctioning since 2015.
 
To date, tenders have been called on three occasions to restore the system.
 
There are over 3,000 heart patients on the waiting list, in need of surgery at the Karapitiya Teaching hospital.
 
Amongst those patients, Dr. Gamage has the highest number of surgeries scheduled to be performed.
 
Although Dr. Namal Gamage and hospital authorities have informed the Ministry of Health regarding the situation, the Ministry had yet to respond.
 
Meanwhile, we contacted the Health Services Director General, Dr. Anil Jasinghe to get his comments on the issue.
 
He said that the Ministry will be able to finalize the procedure within the next week.

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