State of affairs in General Hospital ward 33 and Mortuary
Posted on August 18th, 2019

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera

This is a true story which can be vouched and also an open letter to the minister of health

About two weeks ago a patient who was my own uncle named K V Nihal Sumanadasa was admitted to ward 33 with severe internal bleeding and diarrhea, by his son who worked in Japan as advised by a local GP

On the day he was admitted he was continuously purging and bleeding and asked for help to go to the toilet

Neither doctors nor nurses have taken any action. He tried to walk himself and purged near the bed

Nurses were cursing  and an attendant mopped the area and did not bother to clean him

He asked for a new cloth or a sarong and they rudely refused

A neighboring patient gave him a sarong

His son came to see him and found that his father was dying 

He pleaded the nurses and the lady doctor and asked them to take him to ICU

They did not care 

His son tried to give him CPR by pressing the chest himself and he died within the day

He was asked to sign a paper when he was trying to take him to a private hospital before he died and he made some adverse remarks on the paper.

They were so angry and by force inserted some of their  remarks to cover themselves

The body was kept for almost a day for post-mortem

He had to wait in the mortuary and a low-level person who organises post-mortem told him that he needs a small gratuity.

Without knowing what he expected, his son gave him few hundred rupees to expedite the speedy post-Morton

The person has kept only 100 rs and returned balance  to and told him sir you will need this to pay others in mortuary”

His son told me brother, I did not know that if the bribery at this level is 100 I can imagine what they pay the Doctor who does the post Mortem”

The Country needs a complete makeover

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera

2 Responses to “State of affairs in General Hospital ward 33 and Mortuary”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:


  2. Nimal Says:

    I am not at all surprised by this observation. I had a similar situation in the Kandy hospital where I had a serious head injury.There were a few vacant bed but I was given a bench in the corridor. Minor staff were very jealous of me since I am a ‘foreigner’. People were shouting in pain or for water but the attendants and nurses were ignoring them and watching TV whole night. Almost in the same ward in 1951 I was treated very well by the Christian nuns that helped the nurses in the hospital. So I insist getting back good old colonial days where people were decent and respectful. Now the country has gone to dogs and we need the colonials back. Unless one live through those years will never know the difference.

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