Kirama Divisional Hospital short of staff, facilities

The Kirama Divisional Hospital is currently facing various shortages.

According to hospital sources, there is an acute shortage of doctors, nurses, and minor staff at this hospital, and there is no place to keep the deceased.

The bodies have to be kept in the wards besides patients, until they are removed by the kith and kin of the deceased.

The well from which drinking water is pumped to the hospital also remains polluted. There are no facilities to perform postmortems, and as such, bodies have to be transferred to the Katuwana and Walasmulla Hospitals.

The hospital has no proper kitchen; cooking is done in a small hut that is similar to a cattle shed.

Most of the above above facilities are not provided to a central dispensary. This hospital was previously a central unit, but as it is now a divisional hospital, it needs a proper mortuary.

Plans are underway from the World Bank in order to allocate funds to set up a mortuary and kitchen. 

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