Indian Minister S. Jaishankar has offered assistance to the Teaching Hospital in Peradeniya after its routine surgeries were ordered to be suspended from today (29).
The suspension is due to a severe shortage of essential drugs and consumable items used for anesthesia and surgery.
Hospital’s director Dr. H.M. Arjuna Thilakarathna informed the medical and nursing staff in writing about the decision to be effective until further notice.
After learning about it through the media, Jaishankar said a request has been made to Indian high commissioner Gopal Baglay to look into the matter.
“Disturbed to see this news. Am asking High Commissioner Baglay to contact and discuss how India can help,” Jaishankar tweeted.
The latest is that the decision to suspend the surgeries has been reversed.
Dr. Thilakarathna said necessary arrangements were made by the health ministry’s medical supplies division to ensure the provision of requirements with immediate effect.