None of the complainants had come for tests at Castle, De Zoysa: DGSH

19 July 2019 03:09 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Though the Kurunegala Magistrate Court has advised over 1,000 women who had lodged complaints against the controversial Gynecologist of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, Dr. Siyabdeen Safi for alleged unlawful sterilization to have tests at De Zoyza and Castle Street women hospitals, not a single complainant had come forward for the tests up to yesterday, Director General - Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

Dr. Jasinghe said the Health Ministry has arranged for aggrieved women to have tests at the two prominent women hospitals in Colombo by members of the College of Gynecologists on the instructions of the Magistrate of Kurunegala after nearly 1,500 women in Kurunegala, Dambulla and in many other parts of Kurunegala complained that they had developed complications and did not conceive after undergoing caesarean delivery under Dr. Safi’s observation.

“The Health Ministry has appointed a panel of six member medical experts to inquire the complaints. The committee has not met in the last few weeks as several other investigations are in progress like the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital and the CID etc. We have also launched a counseling service for women who have allegedly been affected,” Dr. Jasinghe said.

Dr. Jasinghe told the media that the committee of experts has to be further strengthened to cover all aspects of allegations against Dr. Safi and added it is not an easy task to test over 30,000 caesarean sections performed by about 25 Gynecologists at KTH in the last five years including Dr. Safi.

Only after a panel of medical experts clinically tested all the caesarean surgeries performed at the KTH in the last five years, we could come to conclusion whether there was a deliberate medical intervention to prevent these mothers having babies, he stressed.  (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 11

  • Sinhabahu Friday, 19 July 2019 03:20 PM

    They don’t need tests. Dr Ratana and Dr Asgiriya have issued the relevant certificates, haven’t they?

    Zeena Samad Friday, 19 July 2019 03:22 PM

    What a farce

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 19 July 2019 03:45 PM

    Each of the women who had lodged complaints and now does not appear for the test to give evidence should be punished for libel and false testimony and should pay compensation for reputational damage.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 19 July 2019 04:05 PM

    Better to test and see whether Sinhalese males are able to get an erection.... maybe this will also be blamed on minorities. All this frustration against minorities could be this reason.

    casanova Friday, 19 July 2019 04:24 PM

    Probably the women who complained were done in the wrong hole.

    mnsmart Friday, 19 July 2019 04:26 PM

    With all these irregularities why Dr Shafi is still in Jail?

    Anu Friday, 19 July 2019 04:47 PM

    Yesterday, some persons mentioned in TV news that the tests recomended by these Doctors are harmful for mothers. is that true? I think reporters need to do a proper analysis and educate the public.

    Medico Friday, 19 July 2019 06:44 PM

    Come on DirectorGeneral, did DrShafi put his hand into all 30,000 Ceasariann Sections done by 25 Obstetricians ?

    xlntgson Friday, 19 July 2019 06:53 PM

    beating around the bush

    Ceylon boy Friday, 19 July 2019 06:57 PM

    Dr. Shafi's issue is the testament that this country will never ever be developed in future like Singapore, Brunei, Hongkong, etc.. The monks

    Mohamed NIYAS Friday, 19 July 2019 09:10 PM

    DM deliberately post false news, Dr. Shafi is not a Gynaecologist. He is just a MO.


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