All the wards in Sri Lanka’s largest hospital are dark and almost empty. The few patients there are are not receiving treatment and are still suffering from pain.
Doctors are also being prevented from coming to their duty shifts. The only reason for this is financial bankruptcy.
Suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, Theresa Mary went to Sri Lanka’s National Hospital in the capital, Colombo, for treatment.
Unable to find a car to go to the hospital, he had to walk the last five kilometers. He was released from the hospital four days later.
It is still difficult for him to stand on his feet.
Because pharmacies have run out of subsidized painkillers.
“Doctors told me to buy medicine from private pharmacies, but I don’t have money,” Mary, 70, told AFP. My knee is still swollen. I don’t have a house in Colombo. I don’t know how long to walk.
The National Hospital provides medical care to those who need special treatment. But the hospital authorities have reduced their staff and many of its 3,400 beds are lying empty.
Supplies of surgical equipment and life-saving drugs are almost exhausted. Due to shortage of fuel, both patients and doctors are unable to come to the hospital.
Member of the Government Medical Officers Association Dr. Vasan Ratnasingham said, ‘Patients scheduled for surgery are not reporting.
Some medical workers are working double shifts because they cannot come to work. They have cars but no fuel.’🔱