2-day-old baby dies in SL because dad couldn’t find gas


Colombo, May 23: As the fuel crisis worsens in Sri Lanka, tragedy has struck a family after a two-day-old baby died because his father could not find petrol for his tuk- tuk to take her to the island nation hospital. Central Highlands region.

Shanaka Roshan Pathirana, the Forensic Medical Officer (JMO) of Diyatalawa Hospital, performed the autopsy on the infant and shared the heart rendering story on social media.

In Haldamulla, about 190 km from the capital Colombo, the parents wanted to rush their baby to the hospital because she showed signs of jaundice and refused to be breastfed.

With the current fuel crisis, the baby’s father searched for gas for hours.

Eventually, when the baby arrived at Haldamulla Hospital, doctors had to transfer him to an Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) at Diyatalawa Hospital.

Due to the delay in admitting her, the baby’s health deteriorated and she died.

“It was sad to do the autopsy because all the baby’s organs were well developed. The depressing memory for the parents that they couldn’t save their baby just because they couldn’t find a liter of gasoline would haunt forever,” Pathirana said. said in his social media post, while accusing political authorities of failing to help people in the midst of the worst economic crisis ever.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha has urged the country to help transport children who start their crucial GCE Ordinary Level exams on Monday.

“In the name of humanity, help and escort a child who is late to appear for exams without transport. Please also do not block the road for students and examiners,” the minister pleaded.

Sri Lanka is currently facing a severe power and fuel emergency and is struggling to find dollars to import fuel and gas, among other essentials.

India has helped Sri Lanka on several occasions and on Saturday provided 40,000 metric tons of diesel under the line of credit.

In April, India provided an additional $500 million line of credit to import fuel.

So far this year, India has helped its island neighbor with more than $3.5 billion in financial support and lines of credit in addition to other donations.


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