Long wait for ambulance caused death of Dodangoda patient?

Long wait for ambulance caused death of Dodangoda patient?

Long wait for ambulance caused death of Dodangoda patient?

Written by Staff Writer

25 Aug, 2015 | 10:24 pm

Relatives charge that the absence of an ambulance driver led to the death of their loved one at the Dodangoda Rural Hospital.

The deceased was a partially-blind, local resident named U. Priyantha.

U. Priyantha and his wife, both teachers by profession, are suffering from poor vision.

On Monday evening, U. Priyantha had suffered a stroke and was moved to the Dodangoda Rural Hospital where he was provided with basic treatment.

However, as the rural hospital did not have the required facilities to properly treat a serious case such as a stroke, measures to were taken to transfer him to another hospital.

Even though the proper procedure to be followed in order to assist this blind patient was to facilitate the transfer, the only driver employed to drive the only ambulance at the Dodangoda Hospital had been on leave on Monday.

Accordingly, the hospital officials had made preparations to call for an ambulance from another hospital for the patient, but their efforts proved futile. The delay had resulted in reduced chances of survival for the patient.

Priyantha was a father of three and like him and his wife, their third child too is blind.

The two older daughters are of the ages ten and seven.

When inquiries were made the officials at the Dodangoda Rural Hospital said that all rural hospitals in the country face such a situation. They said that they simply followed the procedure that needs to be followed in such a situation.

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