Patients are facing a significant setback in their healthcare as the ophthalmologist at the Kahawatta Hospital in Ratnapura has suddenly left the country, it is reported.
However, the Daily Mirror learns that the specialist has left the country for a medical training session with the permission of the Health Ministry.
Nonetheless, the departure has left a large number of patients in a state of helplessness, desperately seeking alternatives for their eye treatments.
The Kahawatta Hospital has been a vital healthcare provider for the communities in the Kahawatta, Godakawela, Opanayake, Pelmadulla, Balangoda and Weligepola Divisional Secretariats areas.
Offering eye clinics six days a week, the hospital has been able to cater to the needs of a considerable patient population. The hospital conducts an average of 150 to 200 eye surgeries daily. (Sheain Fernandopulle)