Child malnutrition probe underway – Health Ministry

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Secretary to the Health Ministry, Janaka Sri Chandraguptha said following claims made that the majority of children arriving at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) in Borella were suffering from malnutrition; a special team from the Ministry visited the hospital to probe the issue yesterday (7).

He stated that a specialist doctor attached to the LRH told the media that most of the children being admitted there were suffering from malnutrition and hence they had decided to deploy a team to ascertain the veracity of the claims.

The Secretary added that the Ministry has already taken measures to bring the situation under control and asserted that parents should not be unduly alarmed to admit children to the Hospital due to such claims.

By Vineetha M. Gamage