The endoscopy equipment at the hospital has been unusable for the past two years. Under the current situation in Sri Lanka, this may not happen, and replacement equipment may be delayed for many years, thus putting lives at risk. . As such, the current surgical department hasn't got endoscopy equipment to deal with live-saving investigation and treatment for those with upper gastrointestinal and lower gastrointestinal emergencies. The equipment is several years old and is not viable to be repaired to put into service.
A population of 150,000 directly relies on this hospital, with a further 50,000 from outlying areas. The unit treats around 300 inpatients, and the clinic covers 600 daily. 25 - 30 patients require endoscopy per week, with 5 - 10 requiring urgent endoscopy investigation. Due to the failed endoscopy equipment at the hospital, these patients have to be transferred or travel to the Teaching hospital Jaffna, which creates a burden for the patient and their families along with the Teaching Hospital Jaffa, which is already at capacity for this investigative endoscopy procedure. The Teaching Hospital Jaffna is about 70 KM and takes 2 hours to travel for the patient and the carer.
Providing this equipment will enable the surgical team to deliver the best possible care and save the lives of their patients with acute bleeding. In addition, this equipment will allow the surgeon to train other doctors to upskill them.
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Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation (waived)
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