Radioactive waste near Cancer Hospital:
Report on survey to experts panel
The report on the survey conducted by the Sri Jayawardenepura
University on the impact of radioactive waste in the vicinity of the
Cancer Hospital will be submitted to a panel of experts for further
studies and investigations, Health Ministry Media Spokesman
According to Vanninayake, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena
ordered health officials to hand over the report to a panel of experts
and ordered hospital authorities to dump radioactive waste without
causing any health hazards to the people around the hospital.
The main objective of further studies and investigations is finding
out whether there is a direct and obvious impact on the vicinity caused
by the radioactive waste dumped by the Maharagama National Cancer
institute, he said.
A report on a survey conducted by the Jayawardenepura University
claimed that 47 out of 96 deaths that occurred at Godigamuwa during last
five years were due to cancer.
The village is located near the waste dump of the Maharagama Cancer
Institute. This waste dump has been in existence during past five years,