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Three deaths due to substandard Immunoglobulin

Keheliya, eight others further remanded till April 22

by damith
April 9, 2024 1:20 am 0 comment

Reports have been received about the death of three patients at the Colombo National Hospital after being administered with the substandard human immunoglobulin injections, Nalinda Indatissa PC who appeared in Court on behalf of the aggrieved party, informed Maligakanda Magistrate Lochani Abeywickrama yesterday.

The President’s Counsel, who represented the aggrieved party in this case, an organisation called the Citizen’s Power against Bribery, Corruption and Waste, presented these facts and requested the Court to apply the relevant details to this case.

The President’s Counsel informed Court that three patients who were admitted to Ward 16 of the Colombo National Hospital on August 13, 2023, namely, Udaya Perera, J. Abeywardena and Ashoka Palisena died due to severe allergic reactions following the administration of the human immunoglobulin injection.

Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama, representing the Attorney General, told Court that an investigation had been conducted regarding the document handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) by the above organisation and a discussion with the doctors of the Colombo National Hospital regarding the incident too was held.

The Deputy Solicitor General informed the Court that one of the patients who died in this incident was given the controversial injection. Soon after, he developed an allergy, and the doctors tried to save his life, but couldn’t. The doctors immediately withdrew the medicine from use.

On the last hearing date, the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) was ordered to submit a report to the CID before May 30 regarding those who died or became ill at state hospitals after the administration of human immunoglobulin or the anti-cancer drug ‘Rituximab’ brought to Sri Lanka under the Indian loan scheme. Accordingly, the Deputy Solicitor General told the Court that an investigation will be started after receiving the report.

Nine suspects, including former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and former Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Janaka Chandragupta, were brought before the Court by the prison officials yesterday and the fifth suspect appeared in the Court as a suspect released on bail.

The Court issued orders to further remand the suspects until April 22.

Nimanthi Ranasinghe

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