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Allogeneic bone marrow transplants in Sri Lanka this year

Allogeneic bone marrow transplant surgeries will commence at the Maharagama Apeksha Hospital (National Cancer Institute) this year. In this type of surgery, the bone marrow is obtained from a donor, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, Consultant Oncologist Dr. Prasad Abeysinghe had stated that the team at the Apeksha Hospital is ready to perform the surgeries this year.

A special discussion was held at the Health Ministry recently under the patronage of Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in connection with launching the surgery.

“Proper training has already been given to four consultants, five doctors, five nurses and two medical laboratory technicians at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Australia. The surgery will commence after receiving the relevant facilities for Apeksha Hospital, the spokesman said. The doctors made a request from the Minister to increase the number of rooms allocated for patients who are on the waiting list for surgery. At present, only two rooms are available and they request that this number be increased to eight. “So far, the hospital has done 50 Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant surgeries (using self donated bone marrow),” he added. 

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