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Consultant clinical oncologists at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital have expressed their objection to the acceptance of radiotherapy machine as a donation from India for the treatment of cancer patients because of its sub-standard quality.

In a letter addressed to Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Ravindra Ruberu, they said that the ‘Bhabhatron radiotherapy machine’ is not a commercial machine marketed outside India, but has been installed in few remote locations in India for field testing. (KB)

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  • dumped Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:53 AM

    Present regime cannot refuse, because they are under obligation for 26 Jan.

    The Judge Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:28 PM

    I have seen newspaper reports as to people proceeding to India for various cancer treatments, so wht is the position on this matter. Can anyone comment including doctors from Cancer hospital at Maharagama?

    J Dan Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:40 PM

    Pls dont expose our doctors to Radiation, we have already has an incidence at the Cardiology unit and lost a top Cardiologist few years ago.

    Concerned Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:58 AM

    Politics cannot heal cancer patients.

    nihal Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:00 AM

    Pl don't refuse, use it for treating officials from Indian embasy

    Hussein Tuesday, 02 November 2010 05:27 PM

    This is a very generous gift by India and we are extremely thankful. The Maharagama cancer hospital consultants are probably angry because they did not get a chance to make money out of this tender. India should not gift any machines to Sri Lanka and they should let Sri Lankans develop their own technology. It is better for India to ignore Sri Lanka and let them run to the Chinese and Europeans for whatever their needs most often with a begging bowl.

    Suresh Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:07 AM

    India assumes that this is also one of the few remote parts of India

    Jumbuli Jumba Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:08 AM

    Even if a headache is given free our guys are there to accept it readily!

    Geronimo Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:22 AM

    And finally, India too has begun to dump their junk on us! A big thank you!!

    Anil Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:17 PM

    Typically Indian

    jude Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:40 PM

    of course, India's garbage is Srilanka's fortune

    jude Tuesday, 02 November 2010 08:43 PM

    atleast, dont buy that machine from india

    Edwardo Baltazar Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:33 AM

    WE WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS AND LATER WE COULD DONATE THE SAME MACHINE TO A HOSPITAL IN THE STATE OF ORISSA IN INDIA

    Sam of Hong Kong Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:46 AM

    Can anyone tell me when did India make anything that match international standard? Please put the labels on these machines saying "Return back to sender".

    JAMES Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:23 PM

    CONCLUSION
    somebody high in in health ministry getting kickbacks to bring cheap machines- risking lives of patients..
    it is like cheap vaccines imported that killed inocent children for kickback.. Thats why former health minister was given a demotion.

    gamini Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:57 AM

    They are using us as gini pigs for their experiments

    harry Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:55 PM

    Relying on Aid and donations from sub-satandard countries like India and China would lead to such incidents.They have made Sri-lankans free test objects for their industries and drugs. Of course,someones in Goverment got the "Commis kutti"

    Wasantha Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:04 PM

    First get a machine at any cost to test the brain conditon of our politicians who are eargely waiting to accept any garbage with a view of promoting their image.

    garawi Wednesday, 03 November 2010 12:54 AM

    Quite right! Indian products are only sold in developing countries because they are know to be substandard. In the development process Sri Lanka should look westward and develop like the west and not try reach indian standards. Although India is a fast developing country and will be a major power one day as it is they are far behind the developed countries.

    Ranjit Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:36 PM

    Sub standard products are the hallmark of India.

    SP Wednesday, 03 November 2010 02:51 AM

    Should treat the people first who niether has a brain nor heart who agreed to accept such a machine for testing in Sri Lanka .. It is a great thing to refuse it at the first step ..

    ajith Wednesday, 03 November 2010 03:30 AM

    It is a trick by India.
    This is to encourage more patients coming to India.
    India provide effective scanning of cancer,brain tumor at a cost in their own yard.

    Smart Aleck Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:56 AM

    And the poor Sri Lankan patient's misfortune.

    Smart Aleck Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:00 AM

    Yes! A "foxy " smile.

    Smart Aleck Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:03 AM

    We are a dumping ground. Earlier India dumped "Pollution Causing" 2-Stroke Tuk Tuks that are not permitted on Indian roads.

    Smiley Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:26 AM

    Nirupama Rao's smile says a lot ...................

    Above the crowd Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:44 PM

    They are dirty rats We have to be careful when we deal with them.

    Above the crowd Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:46 PM

    Tell them to provide toilets to their own people before donating second grade things ti Sri Lankans

    guest Wednesday, 03 November 2010 04:12 PM

    I am truly amazed by the comments mention, India is a country trying to develop. the only country in the world who have the technology to reuse spent nuclear fuel, One of the five countries that has the capsity to send a rocket to space and that country is trying to help Sri Lanka, I know the Tamils where from India that settled in Lanka but the whole country is not out to hurt other people. I have lived in Lanka and to be very honest love the place so much that i cannot describe in word the country and the people are the most beautiful and friendly i have ever seen. But please do not measure a country by the yard stick you use to measure people.

    Mushi Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:53 PM

    In the eyes of IND, all of us are sub standard people and worthless people. That is why...

    Dinesh Tuesday, 02 November 2010 02:02 PM

    This should be dealt properly. For treatment of cancer patients how shall we allow sub-standard machines

    straight Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:33 AM

    Great doctors ......rejecting these rathar than taking commision and made good comments on bad things

    TDDC Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:13 AM

    That mean the Indians trying to test the technology at the cost of our cancer patients?". If so please can take the donation for diplomatic reasons, and keep it or donate to a technical university to learn its technology.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:18 AM

    If it is so "donations" could be "testing"

    Ramzeel Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:23 AM

    Oh the poor patients in Maharagama. The people who promoted this donation would realise the mistakes only when one of their kith or kin suffers from this dreaded disease. Most probably their patients will go overseas leaving the poor Sri Lankans to be Guinea Pigs.

    good one Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:24 AM

    WE ARE NOT GUINEA PIGS. WE ARE SMARTER THAN THOSE FAKE DONORS. ARE THEY TRYING TO KILL OUR PEOPLE. ISN'T IT ENOUGH FOR THEM WHAT WE WENT THROUGH.

    snf4 Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:16 AM

    Can't help, in this era Sri Lankans will have no other choice other than Chinese & Indian stuff.The Sri Lanka culture will also have adapt to that. Any way it in line with our ANTI- WEST SENTIMENT!

    seruvila Wednesday, 03 November 2010 08:57 PM

    fake medicine, unlicen health care workers. whole health care system mess up.

    Geriatrix Tuesday, 02 November 2010 10:37 AM

    One man's garbage is another man's fortune

    Sam Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:45 AM

    If Indians can test cluster bombs and chemical bombs in Vanni why can't they test this machine in Maharagama?


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