Ministry to import equipment for paediatric cardiac surgery | Daily News

Ministry to import equipment for paediatric cardiac surgery

The Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry is making arrangements to import 17 machines including nitric oxide cylinders for paediatric cardiac surgeries.

The equipment is to be distributed among 17 hospitals equipped with paediatric wards including Lady Ridgeway Hospital to speed up paediatric heart surgeries.

Doctors have brought to the notice of health authorities that there were around 1,000 child heart patients waiting for surgery.

It is learnt that one machine required for paediatric heart operations has been imported and installed at Colombo Castle Street Women’s Hospital. At present around six paediatric heart operations are handled daily at the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, the Health Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has directed health care authorities to speed up the construction of eight-storied thalassemia ward complex at the Kandy General Hospital. The government is spending Rs. 1,700 million for the project. The complex is to be commissioned in two months and will undertake bone marrow transplants for thalassaemia patients. A Health Ministry spokesman told the Daily News that a bone marrow transplant at a private hospital costs more than Rs. 4 million, whereas it costs to the government only Rs. 1 million.

There are around 3,000 children in the country prone to thalassaemia, and the Health Ministry spends nearly Rs. 1,700 million per year to treat them. The largest number of patients is reported in the Kurunegala district and there are cases reported in Anuradhapura, Badulla, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Matara, Galle, Hambantota and Batticaloa. There are at present 14 thalassaemia treatment centres in the country.


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