The Government will compensate the two-and-half-year-old Hasani Udeshika, of Galagedara, for the loss of her right hand while undergoing treatment in hospital. Udeshika`s right hand was amputated at the Colombo National hospital in a bid to save her life, Health Ministry sources revealed.
The sources told The Island that the patient suffering from pneumonia was admitted to the Galagedara hospital a few months ago where she had been administered an injection to artery instead of a vein by the duty nurse. Following the injection the child had developed swelling on her right hand and the hand was getting bad. The Galagedara hospital authorities had transferred the child to the Kandy hospital and subsequently the Kandy hospital had transferred the child to the Colombo National hospital.
According to sources, the health authorities in the National hospital had decided to amputate the child`s right hand to save her life. and Following this Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had appointed a Committee to investigate the case and submit a complete report.
The Health minister has already taken action to submit a Cabinet paper for approval to pay compensation to the child.
Sources also said that when the Health authorities receive the complete report on the case, disciplinary action against those responsible for administering the injection to the wrong place will be dealt with in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Health Ministry