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Installation of tomotheraphy Linear Accelerators at Apeksha Hospital delayed for 4 years


6 January 2020 12:02 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}



By Dayaseeli Liyanage   

A list of patients have been waiting for over two months at the Apeksha Cancer Hospital in Maharagama .This is due to the protracted delay in commissioning three of the latest Tomotherapy Linear Accelerators for treating of patients for the last four years.

Only two such machines are currently in use and since they are not sufficient, there is a waiting list of over two months for patients who require to be treated.   

When inquired, The Director Apeksha Cancer Hospital Dr. Wasantha Dissanayaka said the machines which cost around Rs.12 million could not be operated due to the lack of required infrastructure like power supply,air conditioning and a layer of concrete with a density of one metre which is required to install and operate the machines.   

He also said that the Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi had decided to provide the facilities required for these machines and therefore the waiting list could be completed after the next three months.   

Ten of the latest Tomotherapy Linear Accelerators were imported and three of them were given to the Maharagama Cancer Hospital and the rest have been given to other hospitals, he added.   


Only two such machines are currently in use and since they are not sufficient, there is a waiting list of over two months for patients who require to 
be treated

  Comments - 4

  • Era Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:37 AM

    Fire the hospital director immediately. Hiw many lives destroyed by his negligence ?

    concerned Thursday, 09 January 2020 06:11 PM

    Stop giving excuses and get the work done. If you cannot do it then quit and let someone more capable take over the role. That goes for all the other hospitals where machines were given to as well. Government needs to look into the inefficient public services sector of bloated entitiled staff with protected jobs and taxpayer funded salaries and pensions.

    Lawry Friday, 10 January 2020 05:06 AM

    The government analyst delayed for 8 months just to distinguish a toy gun from a real one thus keeping a man in prison. This doctors is not different. Inefficient racist Dr. Samantha should be sacked for his inaction. He drags politics into it.

    Mahendra Kalingamudali Friday, 10 January 2020 06:42 AM

    Please do not Blame Apeksha Hospital director. Infrastructure building was handled by the Ministry of health it self. Not by the Apeksha hospital. So blame former health minister and Health ministry staff.

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