Karapitiya Teaching Hospital ails with serious garbage disposal issues

Karapitiya Teaching Hospital ails with serious garbage disposal issues

Karapitiya Teaching Hospital ails with serious garbage disposal issues

Written by Bella Dalima

23 Aug, 2014 | 9:39 pm

A situation has arisen where the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital  is facing a risk of closing its doors to the public due to the prevailing garbage issue. The Karapitiya Teaching Hospital is the main hospital that caters to the public of the Southern Province.

The hospital environment has become polluted due to issues pertaining to the disposal of garbage .

Director of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Dr. Shelton Perera said: “Clinical equipment are being set ablaze with the use of a burner. It was the Galle Municipal Council that took care of the diposal of garbage from the hospital. However, this has been stalled for over a month.”

Mayor of Galle, Methsiri De Silva said; ” The Municipal Council will ony dispose garbage that is put out from households. We are not committed to dispose clinical equipment and other waste.”

Hospital authorities say that that items brought in by patients and their well-wishers have thus piled up at the premises.

The Ministry of Health is of the view that a discussion needs to be called to resolve this matter.

Deputy Minister of Health, Lalith Dissanayake said:
“A local government authority needs to dispose of the garbage apart from the clinical equipment. The hospital cannot take care of everythin , including the disposal of garbage. You cannot point that “this is your hospital and this what you need to do.” If the Mayor falls sick, he too will have to visit the hospital.”

The Mayor of Galle says that a political force operating at provincial level has been obstructing the process of garbage disposal and creating such issues.

What will happen if the garbage is not disposed soon?

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