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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ): Chemical issues in the Sri Lanka

Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ) Sri Lanka
Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ)
 Sri Lanka

Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ) media workshop...

Addressing the media workshop on scientific reporting on chemical issues, organised by Centre for Environmental Justice(CEJ) in Colombo,Sri Lanka, Prof. Ravindra Fernando of the Faculty of Medicine, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department said: "Most of the patients come from the rural areas and they come for treatment only when the disease is in the chronic phase  when transplants are required. But the hospital does not have the medical staff to do kidney transplants. There is a shortage of doctors and nurses."

Prof. Fernando pressured that arsenic was not the only reason for the deadly kidney disease.

Hospitals in the North central province sri lanka were experiencing a shortage of specialised doctors, nursing staff and other health facilities to deal with the chronic kidney disease, Prof. Ravindra Fernando added.

Anuradhapura is the worst affected area in sri lanka. Over the last 15 years, 145 deaths and 18,281 cases of kidney disease have been reported from the Anuradhapura district. Polonnaruwa reports 4,607 cases.and Cases have also been reported from Ampara, Trincomalee, Kurunegala,Eppawala,Vavuniya and parts of the Eastern, Uva and Northern provinces.

Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Executive Director, Hemantha Vithanage said:According to this situation,Sri Lankan should be concerned to this matter.Chemicals are everywhere in our modern lives—reducing disgust, protecting us from disease and overall improving the quality of life.


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