PLEASE SUPPORT AN URGENT HUMANITARIAN
It has been reported that an increasing number
of people in the North Western and the North Central Provinces
in Sri Lanka have been falling sick recently due to a fast-spreading
kidney disease, the cause of which is not known yet. According
to Dr. Anada Gunasekera, Director / National Blood Transfusion
Service, Colombo, who was in Washington D.C. last week for creating
a wider awareness of this strange disease, most of the victims
appear to be farmers, breadwinners of the low income families
located in the affected areas, particularly in Kurunegala and
Note: Anuradhapura and Kurnegala, the capital
cities of the most affected provinces, North Central and North
Western are highlighted in red color.
The current figure of kidney patients has risen
over 3000. As the cause of the disease has not been established
yet, all what can be done at the moment is to control symptoms
by giving adequate dialysis at the early stage to prevent them
going to chronic renal failure, a condition, which is irreversible.
Since this strange disease is reaching endemic proportions, hospitals
in the respective provinces find it impossible to cope with the
number of patients, who visit them for treatments.
The Ministry of Healthcare & Nutrition of
Sri Lanka is seeking the generous support of the Sri Lankan expatriates
in acquiring additional dialysis machines for hospitals in Kurunegala
and Anuradhapura Districts. The Health authorities of Sri Lanka
are prepared to accept even the used machines, provided they are
good in condition.
Please click on the following link for the presentation
made by Dr. Gunasekera at the Embassy on 20th Feb. 2009, which
provided more details on the disease as well as the assistance
needed from the expatriates.
here for the presentation
Kindly contact Dr. Gunasekera for specifications of the dialysis
machines needed by the above hospitals. His contact details are
Dr. Ananda Gunasekera
Director / National Blood Transfusion Service - Colombo
Cell: (0094) 777 300 127 / E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Embassy would be pleased to extend every possible assistance
to get any donated dialysis machines / equipment cleared from
Sri Lanka Customs free of duty and other levies.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
27 February 2009