Plans to speed up liver transplants

Subject Minister Rajitha Senaratna has paid attention to carry out liver transplant surgeries after 4 pm in order to reduce waiting lists at Colombo National Hospital and Ragama Teaching Hospital. Specialists of above hospitals have been instructed with regard to this and the minister says payments can be made for the surgeries, if required.

Ministry of Health is further planning to carry out liver transplant surgeries in the new Intensive Care Unit of Ragama Teaching Hospital. The minister highlights the fact that Sri Lanka is the only country where liver transplants are carried out free of charge and about 30 such surgeries have been carried out in Colombo National Hospital and Ragama Teaching Hospital. contacted Minister Rajitha Senaratna to inquire further. He said necessary facilities will be provided to carry out not only liver transplant surgeries but also other types of surgeries. He said that necessary constructions will be done with Finland’s assistance.

“Before I was appointed as the Minister of Health, liver transplants had been paused, although when my wife Sujatha Senaratna served as the Director of National Hospital, liver transplants were carried out. After I became the minister, around 30 successful liver transplants have been done. Pancreas transplants were also carried out and after that, kidney and heart transplant surgeries were carried out. Not only that, leg transplants were also done. Only five such transplants have been done in the world and the patient is fine. We are successfully continuing the work.

Also, I started bone marrow transplants at Maharagama Apeksha Hospital. So far 30 transplants have been carried out. We will start it at Children’s Hospital too. Bone marrow transplants for thalassemia patients is also important. Those who have money undergo the surgery in India, and others die. I will end this tragic situation. By this October, all relevant construction work will be finished. From next January onward, thalassemia patients can also undergo bone marrow surgeries in Sri Lanka.”


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