By Apsara Kapukotuwa and Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe
An MBBS doctor, who is been investigated with regard to medical
negligence in Pallama, Puttalam district, has been transferred from
Friday to the Tabbowa hospital.
doctor in question has reportedly given an injection meant for treatment
of arthritis in adults, to children suffering from asthma below
the age of 6 years.
five-year-old patient who was admitted to the Chilaw Base hospital
for treatment for muscle degeneration led to hospital authorities
recalling another patient (4 years old), with a similar complaint,
who had been admitted two months earlier. The attending medical
practitioner in both instances was found to be a doctor, attached
to the Pallama dispensary with a private practice in the same area.
The muscle degeneration was determined to be due to the injecting
of steroids that are usually given to adults with rheumatoid arthritis
to ease symptoms.
particular steroid is not recommended for use on children below
the age of 6. The muscle deterioration that was caused is said to
be irreversible. According to Regional Director of Health Services,
Dr. R.M.S.K. Ratnayake the three children had been positively identified
as having been injected with 'kenocole-A', an injection not approved
for treatment in Sri Lanka. However, the accused doctor had stated
in his defence that medical literature states this drug used for
treatment of arthritis in adults, could be used for the treatment
of asthma as well.
have now positively identified three children who had been injected
with this drug and are now showing side effects. Many more children
have been brought to the hospital by parents for investigation due
to the awareness created by the media.
consultant Judicial Medical Officer has been appointed to look into
the matter and an in-depth investigation will take place with the
assistance of the grama niladharis of the nearby villages to trace
possible victims," Dr. Ratnayake said.