The fuel crisis in Sri Lanka continues to worsen. Tragically, a father who couldn’t find petrol for his tuk tuk to get his daughter to the hospital in Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands region died when his two-day old infant was killed.
Shanaka Roshan Pathirana was the Judicial medical officer (JMO), at the Diyatalawa Hospital. He performed the post-mortem on the infant and shared his heart-rending story on social media.
Parents wanted to rush their child to Haldamulla, a town about 190km from Colombo’s capital, because she was refusing breast-feeding and showing signs of jaundice.
The ongoing fuel crisis caused the father to search for petrol for hours.
The doctors finally had to transfer the baby to the Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU), Diyatalawa hospital, after she arrived at Haldamulla’s hospital.
Due to the delay in admitting the baby, her health deteriorated and she died.
“It was difficult to conduct the post-mortem because all the organs of the baby had grown. In a social media post, Pathirana lamented the sad memory that parents had of not being able to save their child because they couldn’t find petrol. He also accused the political authorities of failing to assist people in the worst economic crisis.
Susil Premajayantha (Minister of Education) urged the nation to transport students who will be taking their GCE Ordinary Level exams starting Monday.
Please help a child that is unable to travel to the exam without transportation. Please don’t block roads for students or examiners,” the Minister appealed.
Sri Lanka is currently in a serious power and fuel crisis and is trying to find dollars to import fuel, gas and other essentials.
India has been a supporter of Sri Lanka in many ways and provided diesel for 40,000 tonnes under its credit facility on Saturday.
India extended an additional $500 Million credit line in April to import fuel.
India has provided over $3.5 billion in financial support, credit lines and other donations to its island neighbor so far this year.