the NYC highly condemn the act of Castle Hospital for Women in Colombo

The National Youth Coalition (NYC) of Sri Lanka on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and all the affiliated organizations of the coalition highly condemn the act of the Castle Hospital for Women in Colombo for the unfair and inhuman treatment meted out to the HIV positive person by hospital staff on 19th April 2010.

Issuing a Media/ Press release the NYC also states that, they are greatly shocked and regret this act of the hospital staff and would like to emphasize the fact that, more than anything this act has highlighted the manner a young person being refused access to health care and treatment reflects the future generation of this country being at risk. “Youth are not only the future of this country, but today’s citizens”.

You can download the original state ment here


2 Responses to “the NYC highly condemn the act of Castle Hospital for Women in Colombo”

  1. 1 nooranie May 7, 2010 at 10:20

    Comment by Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama;

    Dear everybody,

    Over the last several years we have been refering HIV positive patients to the Castle steet hospital when ever they had gyne or obstetric probles. They have been managed very well and there were no complaints at all from these patients. They got proper treatment, and their confidentiality was respected.

    It is very unfortunate to note the recent incident at the Castle street hospital. However, it has to be realised that it was an act by one or two indivituals and the blame should not put on the Castle street hospital. The NYC statement categorically state this as an act of the Castle street hospital, which I believe is a totally unwarranted way of making a statement. Such statements would be depressing for all the health care workers who have been managing HIV positive patients well in the past at Castle street. On the other hand, I haven’t seen any statements issued appreciating the good things done for these patients in these hospital. There is no doubt that this act and individuals who are responsible for the act should be condemned. And it is a blemish for the hospital and the person/s responsible should be dealt with properly. But I believe our duty should be to suggest ways and means of preventing such things in the future. May I invite for such comments?

    Best regards.

    Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama.

    • 2 nooranie May 7, 2010 at 10:21

      Comment by Kamani Jinadasa in reply to Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama’s comment;

      Dear Dr Ananda and all,

      I agree, the purpose of raising this issue is to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future. Let’s hope us drawing attention to this incident will bring about positive results.

      It is unfortunate that we tend to miss expressing our appreciation for the good work that is done. In this instance though, any act by an employee working within the hospital premises while on duty does actually hold the hospital responsible.

      I am actually quite proud of NYC for issuing a statement…it reflects empathy and activism, which is something our country lacks so much. There may be aspects for debate though on what should be said.

      Overall though, I would like to state that I wish there were more doctors like you who have made such a positive difference in the health sector for PLHIV. I am also happy that many people are coming forward to support this group this way….

      Warmest regards,

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