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Central Environment Authority (CEA) has decided to give its last warning to the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital (KDUH) in Boralesgamuwa over continuous complaints from residents in Seelawathi Perera Mawatha, Werahera, Boralesgamuwa over health risks they have been facing due to the incinerator of KDUH. They complained that they did not have fresh air due to the disgusting smoke coming from the incinerator located two metres away from the line of residences.

CEA General Manager Hemantha Jayasinghe said the CEA officials had already visited the hospital twice and had advised them on how to dispose of the waste generated in the hospital without causing a nuisance to the public. However, the smoke of the incinerator is still coming into the houses nearby, causing breathing problems to the residents.

Jayasinghe said they would instruct the hospital management about relocation of the incinerator which is located close to the line of houses. If the hospital fails to adhere to these final instructions, he said they would take the issue to courts. According to him, the CEA has the authority to take legal action against hospitals and organisations which violate the provisions of the Environmental Protection License and a Scheduled Waste Management License. An earlier published investigation done by the Daily Mirror revealed that the KDUH had none of the above licenses.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has worsened, and the fear among the residents of this area has increased as the KDUH is one of the hospitals selected to treat COVID-19 patients. Thirty beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the KDUH have been accommodating patients infected with the Coronavirus.

Several attempts made to contact the hospital management for a comment were futile. (Piyumi Fonseka and Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Helaya Saturday, 05 September 2020 10:51 AM

    The people are in for a treat......messing with defence authorities ..good luck

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Saturday, 05 September 2020 11:11 AM

    You should change the entire staff and put the system in order.

    A Sri Lankan Saturday, 05 September 2020 11:38 AM

    Will our President be compelled to make a visit?

    Sokrates Saturday, 05 September 2020 12:31 PM

    Is there still no retired General attached to the CEA?

    FF Saturday, 05 September 2020 12:32 PM

    RELOCATE TO DIYANNA. THAT IS THE IDEAL PLACE

    Honest Saturday, 05 September 2020 12:36 PM

    KDU Hospital was built at a colossal cost and it is rather strange that authorities failed to rectify this at the inception. KDU Hospital is situated in a highly-populated area and hose who were in charge at the time the construction began should have taken note of this. Now with CEA signalling that legal action would be taken if the incinerator is not shifted, once again incompetence has resulted in the waste of taxpayers money. Someone should be held answerable; one country one law

    Army Guy Saturday, 05 September 2020 01:05 PM

    Army power. The rule is, keep your mouth shut. This is the army and it is managed by a dictator.

    Pissu Simon Saturday, 05 September 2020 04:07 PM

    Only one warning is warranted. Multiple warnings allow organisations to assume they can continue with their illegal practices.

    Ruggerite Saturday, 05 September 2020 06:44 PM

    Kick them on their backsides!!!

    wimal Sunday, 06 September 2020 01:43 AM

    Are they burning dead bodies.?

    Roger Haĺliday Sunday, 06 September 2020 04:01 AM

    Will any action be taken against the KDU. Its already under the carpet. Punish those who complained which is the norm in this paradise island.

    Dee Sunday, 06 September 2020 06:34 AM

    Don't mess around with KDU!

    sacre blieu Sunday, 06 September 2020 08:17 AM

    Thats a great pity, that a hospital and the administration while giving relief to suffering patients, is also imposing suffering to the healthy. Surely, the intelligence of the medical staff would have pointed this aberration to the authorities, if they were consulted.

    Andrew Silva Sunday, 06 September 2020 09:11 AM

    What are the rules of the health department of disposing hospital waste? Do the authorities aware of the reciprocal effect of bad waste management? Looks like they have a don't care attitude. Wake up health minister and officials and solve this problem, it's urgent. Thank you.


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