Dr.T.Sathyamoorthy, Regional Director of Health Services in Kilinochchi District has written to Health Officials in Colombo seeking assistance to improve health care services to civilians being hit in Sri Lanka Army artillery fire in Northern Sri Lanka.
Full Text of Dr.T.Sathyamoorthy’s letters to officials in Colombo as follows:
Secretary Health Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health
Hospitals need protection from attack
Displaced hospitals are functioning in the following places
Surrounding above places is heavily congested with IDPs. The recent days many IDPs places hit by shell. Up to today 213 civilians were injured and 28 civilians died.
The following supports are urgently needed.
1. Should be opened to transfer injured civilians to vavuniya hospital.
2. Hospitals are hospital near by side should be attack free zone.
3. Medicines including surgical items should be sent to hospitals from MSD.
Copy: Secretary Health/ North Province
DGHS, Ministry of Health Care, Nutrition & Uva Wellasssa Development
Re: ensuring Security of the Doctors and Patients in Wani region.
This is to inform you that, our doctors and patients are now in a pathetic situation as we heard blasts and gun fire near to Wiswamadu area. We received 9 injured civilians on 11th and 5 today at the Wisamadu maternity unit and all are transferred to PTK BH with the help of ICRC.
The ground situation is the same at Puthukudiyirupu BH.
So ultimately we are now not having a secure place to keep our patients for the treatment in Wanni. Adding to this worst ambulance transports between Wani and Vavuniya are frequently interrupted and Due to this condition we had lost 2 patients including one maternal death.
Especially for the maternity care all Wani region now depended in Wisamadu maternity unit and PTK BH. If we dope our services in both places, it will lead more maternal and neonatal mortalities.
Taking this into your kind consideration we are requesting you to locate a secure place in Wani to continue our services.
Also we want to get the official stand of the Ministry of health in regarding to our health services as the war is now spread through out the Wanni. Specifically we are asking whether we have to continue our service or to stop and leave from the area for a period.
We hope that you will give us the clear reply as soon as possible.
1. Dr. V. Jeganathan
Consultant Health Care Development, North and East
Ministry of Health Care, Nutrition & Uva Wellasssa Development