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Video : Update : Another 27 garment workers hospitalized today as well following Horana and Padukka food poisoning incident 
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Another 27 workers attached to the Horana and Padukka garment factories who consumed food unsuitable for consumption yesterday were hospitalized today as well.

20 of them were admitted to Horana hospital while the rest of them were admitted to Padukka hospital.

Horana Hospital director Dr. Samara Kalubovila said that a team of doctors have been deployed to treat the patients with symptoms of allergic due to food poisoning at the Horana garment factory.

487 workers attached to 3 garment factories managed by one company at Poruwadanda in Horana, Homagama and Padukka were hospitalized due to food poisoning yesterday.

54 patients including the 27 that hospitalized this morning are still receiving treatment and the Health Ministry sealed the catering company yesterday.

The caterer arrested by police yesterday will be produced before the Homagama Magistrate today.



Update :  Friday, 03 January 2014 - 1:09
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Caterer who supplied poisoned food to 487 garment workers arrested

Homagama police arrested the caterer who supplied poisoned food to workers attached to 3 garment factories this afternoon.

Western Provincial Health Services Director and Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva said that the accused catering establishment has already been sealed and legal actions will be taken against its owner under the Food Protection Act in due course.

487 workers attached to 3 garment factories managed by one company at Poruwa-danda in Horana, Homagama and Padukka were hospitalized due to food poisoning this morning.

Majority of victims were female workers and 287 of them are still receiving treatment at Horana, Homagama and Padukka hospitals.

Meanwhile the Health Ministry has appointed a special team from its Contagious Diseases Unit to investigate the incident.



 Thursday, 02 January 2014 - 7:38
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300 garment workers in Horana and Homagama hospitalized after food poisoning


Over 300 workers attached to 2 factories of the same company at Poruwa-danda in Horana and Homagama were hospitalized after food poisoning.

A factory spokesman said that a meat curry which comprised in the lunch hosted by the company for its workers to mark the new year yesterday could be the cause for food poisoning.

Horana Base hospital director Dr. Samara Kalubovila said that 122 patients admitted to ward No. 4, 5, 8 and 12 complaining vomiting and diarrhea. Among them, 113 were female workers.

When our news team contacted Managing Director of the Poruwadanda factory Chaminda P Kalpage, he said that special leave has been approved for all workers today.

At the same time, the government analyst department has collected samples of food items for further investigations.

Meanwhile 170 workers attached to the Homagama garment factory were also admitted to Homagama Base hospital this morning.

Hospital Director Dr. Rasika Liyanage said that 125 patients are still receiving treatment at the hospital, and 40 out of them are suffering from an acute allergic condition.

Horana and Homagama hospital authorities have treated the incident an urgency and cancelled leave of all health workers.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that investigations with regard to the food poisoning have been initiated as the same caterer has supplied food to workers in both factories.

Thursday, 02 January 2014 - 13:00
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Over 100 persons admitted to hospital from food poisoning

More than 100 persons have been admitted to hospital from food poisoning during a party at a garment factory in Poruwadanda, Horana.

Majority of them were female employees.

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