The Peradeniya Teaching Hospital will continue to perform all routine surgeries again. This is after the assurance given by the Medical Supply Division to provide all necessary drugs and other necessities with immediate effect, the Hospital’s Director Dr. H.M. Arjuna Thilakarathna said.
A decision was taken by the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital to temporarily postpone all routine surgeries due to the unavailability of several essential drugs and consumables earlier in the day.
In a memorandum issued yesterday, Dr.Thilakarathna stated all routine surgeries at the hospital, including surgeries of patients already admitted will have to be suspended until further notice.
He had stated that there was a shortage of several essential drugs and consumable items used for anesthesia and surgery at the hospital. The decision to suspend routine surgeries came after the matter was taken up during the hospital’s management committee meeting. Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar who is on an official visit in Sri lanka expressed his concern over this issue and in a twitter message he said “Disturbed to see this news. I am asking High Commissioner Baglay to contact and discuss how India can help,”