Medical - Articles

January 2, 2001
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet
Drug shortage threatens pregnant women
Hundreds of pregnant women in the northern parts of the Batticaloa district are threatened by the unavailability of a drug (Ecometrine) that controls bleeding during childbirth at the Valaichenai hospital. Medical officers told Mr.M. Abdul Cader, deputy minister for Health who visited the hospital Tuesday that many other essential drugs are in short supply and that the maternity ward building is dilapidated and is functioning without basic facilities. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 11, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: BBC
Jaffna hospital struggles to cope
A hospital director in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula says the ongoing war between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels has led to worsening conditions. [ Full Story ]
July 1, 2000
Place: Mullaithivu

Source: TamilNet
Medicine shortages prompt demonstration
Hundreds of people staged a demonstration in front of the office of Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) at Puddukudiyiruppu in the Mullaithivu District in the north-east of the island demanding that the aid agency should take immediate steps to get down enough drugs to save the lives of patients. [ Full Story ]
April 20, 2000
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
ICRC medical supplies blocked
Sri Lankan troops this week prevented the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from taking its MoD authorised medical supplies for its mobile and primary health clinics in the Vanni, the ICRC spokesman Harsha Gunawardena told TamilNet Thursday. He expressed concern for the civilians in the Vanni who relied on the ICRC facilities. [ Full Story ]
April 18, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: WSWS
Measles epidemic continues in Sri Lanka due to poor health and social conditions
A measles outbreak that started in Sri Lanka last September is continuing and spreading, reaching epidemic proportions in the most impoverished areas. Officially, about 6,000 cases have been reported, resulting in several deaths, but doctors and health officials insist that the real casualty rates are far greater. [ Full Story ]
April 17, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: BBC
Drug shortfall in Sri Lanka
The humanitarian aid agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres, has warned of a serious shortage of medicine in parts of northern Sri Lanka, where Tiger rebels are fighting for a separate Tamil homeland. [ Full Story ]
April 17, 2000
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
SLA blocking essential medical supplies - MSF
Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), the international aid agency said Monday Sri Lankan security forces were preventing it from taking urgently needed medical supplies into the Vanni region. The shortage of essential drugs in the region had become "critical" MSF said in a statement. [ Full Story ]
February 11, 1999
Place: Vadamaradchi

Source: TamilNet
Medical supplies to Vadamaradchi East
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has stopped the supply of drugs and medicines for the first quarter of 1999 to the Amban hospital in Vadamaradchi East. The army turned back the drugs and medicines for the Amban hospital at its checkpoint in Vallipuram today. [ Full Story ]
January 9, 1999
Place: Mallavi

Source: TamilNet
Mallavi OPD treats 180 thousand patients
Officials of the Department of Health said that 179,880 patients have been treated in the OPD (Out Patients Department) in Mallavi hospital in Mullaithivu district last year. The hospital has treated 43,495 patients who were affected by Malaria. Sources at the Department of Health said that the hospital has recorded 1013 births and 118 deaths last year. Mallavi hospital is functioning with minimum resources under a severe ban of important drugs and essential equipment. [ Full Story ]
January 3, 1999
Place: Mullaithivu

Source: TamilNet
Busy 1998 for Mullaithivu hospital
About three hundred and eleven thousand patients have been treated in the Mullaithivu hospital, during the last year ending December 20 said sources at the Department of Health. The hospital was relocated to the Peripheral Unit hospital building at Puthukudiyeruppu in the district several years ago. [ Full Story ]
October 13, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Doctors protest over kerosene
Doctors at the Out Patient's Department at Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital in Mullaitivu have began a work to rule action, in protest at the Sri Lankan government's cut in the supply of kerosene, said sources there. [ Full Story ]
July 8, 1998
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: LTTE press release
Child die in hospital due to lack of medicine
An eight-year old boy, M Kiriraj, bitten by a dog yesterday died of rabies in Puthukudiyiruppu hospital (Mullaitivu) as there was no anti-rabies vaccine available. Few days earlier, another Tamil baby, 3-year old Sujeevan from near by Sivanagar, also died of rabies after being bitten by a dog. The Sinhalese government since 1990 has banned food and medicine to the Tamil region. [ Full Story ]
May 16, 1998
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet, May 16, 1998
Jaffna hospitals said critical
Surgical operations at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and at the Pt. Pedro Base Hospital have been postponed due to drugs and other medical accessories requisitioned for the second quarter of 1998 not having arrived in Jaffna as yet, said sources in Jaffna. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: American Law Journal
Sri Lankas war crimes - An American Law Journal
"The most egregious violations include denials of food and medicine or medical supplies, especially for children," states Prof. Jordan J. Paust in an essay published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (May ’98). [ Full Story ]
February 28, 1998
Place: Akarayan

Source: TamilNet
Akarayan hospital unable to copewith anaemia patients
The Akkarayan hospital (in Vanni) has several patients with complaints of anaemia and the hospital has no facilities to treat the patients or even the necessary supply of blood said the hospital authorities. The Sinhalese government for the past 7 years has blockaded food and medicine to Tamil territories which its armed forces have been unable to capture. [ Full Story ]
October 11, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Hospitab bomped as Sri Lanka violates anti-polio cease-fire
The Sri Lankan government has broken its pledge to UNICEF to observe a cease-fire during the annual anti-polio drive for children. [ Full Story ]
October 1, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni denied chlorine
The Sinhalese government has blocked much-needed Chlorine from Vanni since 1995. As a result, drinking water here has become germ-ridden and crops have been ruined by pests. The government's denial of proper food, medicines and essential supplies to Vanni's Tamil civilians is part of its military strategy to try and weaken the LTTE. [ Full Story ]
October 0, 1997
Place: Mannar

Source: British Refugee
60,000 Tamil Refugees in Mannar without adequate food and medicine - at least 6 die every month..
"OVER 60,000 refugees in five camps around the Madhu Church in Mannar District are suffering without adequate food and medicine. NGOs warn that the situation may reach a crisis point as more and more refugees pour into the area fleeing the fighting in the Vanni. [ Full Story ]
July 15, 1997
Place: Akkarayan

Source: British Refugee Council
Akkarayan Hospital shelled: 4 people killed!
The Sri Lankan Army shelled Akkarayan hospital on 15 July 1997, killing four Tamil civilians and seriously wounding six others. Akkarayan was one of the few hospitals available to the hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians displaced by Sri Lankan military operations in the Vanni. [ Full Story ]
May 9, 1997
Place: Puliyankulam

Source: TamilCanadian
Puliyankulam Hospital Bombed To A Halt
Sri Lankan forces on Sunday morning bombed Puliyankulam hospital and surrounding homes killing at least three Tamil civilians. Two MI24 helicopter gunships arrived in the morning and targeted shops, homes and other residential buildings. The hospital has been badly damaged to the point where it cannot function. [ Full Story ]
May 8, 1997
Place: Vaddakachi

Source: TamilNet
Hospital and houses ruined by Army shells
Vaddakachi hospital and surrounding homes lie in ruins after ten days of non-stop shelling by Sri Lanka's forces at Elephant Pass. Most of the area's Tamil residents have now fled to join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of Tamils already displaced by Sri Lanka's military operations. It is pertinent to wonder how many more Tamil villages will be destroyed - and how many more refugees created - before Sri Lanka's genocidal tactics against the northeast Tamil nation are curbed. [ Full Story ]
January 3, 1997
Place: Vavuniya

Source: News from Tamil Eelam
Pregnant lady found dead on roadside
A Tamil woman has been found dead on a drenched street in Vavuniya with her new-born baby screaming by her side. The pregnant woman had been suffering from medical complications and was due in Colombo for treatment. But Sri Lankan military officials cut short her journey at Vavuniya forcing her to remain in a house near one of the notorious detention centres refusing to permit her passage to Colombo. They ignored her repeated pleas to leave Vavuniya. On the night of 26th December Kandasamy Vijayakumari ventured out in the heavy rain desperately seeking medical attention. She didn't get far. A passer-by found her dead body in a puddle with her new-born child lying alive next to her. The baby was rushed to a hospital but doctors were unable to save him. Kandasamy Vijayakumari was 33 and a mother of three other children. She came from Mankulam. [ Full Story ]
0, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: British Refugee Council
150 Tamils die in refugee camps in the Vanni
"Reports say 150 people died of disease in January and February in 16 refugee camps in the Pooneryn area of Vanni. Around 16,000 refugees from Jaffna live in these camps. Diseases are spreading rapidly as basic water and sanitary problemshave not been solved. [ Full Story ]
December 0, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: British Refugee Council
110 Tamils die in refugee camps in December 1996
"The death of 110 people admitted to the Mallavi and Puthukudyiruppu hospitals in Kilinochchi District, in December is a grim indication of the deteriorating health facilities for 450,000 refugees in the Vanni. Most of them are from Jaffna, displaced when the Army captured the peninsula in December 1995. The deaths were caused by malaria, septicaemia and typhoid. A senior government officer in the Vanni says that most could have been saved with adequate medicine, medical equipment and hospital space. Despite the Defence Ministry’s assurance to NGOs, restrictions on medicines and food continue. Government officers say medicines for the six months from October 1996 where sent to the Vanni in late January but for many people they may have arrived too late. [ Full Story ]
0, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: Refugee Council
110 Tamils die in refugee camps in December 1996
"The death of 110 people admitted to the Mallavi and Puthukudyiruppu hospitals in Kilinochchi District, in December is a grim indication of the deteriorating health facilities for 450,000 refugees in the Vanni. Most of them are from Jaffna, displaced when the Army captured the peninsula in December 1995. The deaths were caused by malaria, septicaemia and typhoid. A senior government officer in the Vanni says that most could have been saved with adequate medicine, medical equipment and hospital space. Despite the Defence Ministry’s assurance to NGOs, restrictions on medicines and food continue. Government officers say medicines for the six months from October 1996 where sent to the Vanni in late January but for many people they may have arrived too late. [ Full Story ]
January 13, 1994
Place: Vadamaratchy

Source:
Sri Lanka naval boats shelled the Vadamaratchy coast
On 13 January, three Sri Lanka naval boats shelled the Vadamaratchy coast from Munai to Valvettiturai for one hour from about 5.45 a.m. Canon fire and 50 calibre gun fire were directed were directed indiscriminately at the sea shore and on coastal residential areas. Fisherman abandoned work and swam for safety to the coast. The Point Pedro Rural Hospital, the Valvettiturai Hospital, several houses, a community centre and some office buildings were damaged. Other villages along the coast also suffered damage. Two persons died and five others were injured. The injured were taken to the Manthikai Hospital. [ Full Story ]
January 11, 1994
Place: Kodikamam

Source:
Kodikamam Hospital attacked!
The Kodikamam Hospital came under fire from a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter on 11 January at about 8.00 a.m. The helicopter fired at random at the Mirusuvil-Kodikamam main road, hitting the hospital as well. Some houses in the area and the hospital were damaged. [ Full Story ]
November 15, 1993
Place: Killinochchi

Source:
Killinochchi Hospital was attacked!
In this bombardment, the maternity ward and the out patients department of the Killinochchi Hospital were badly damaged. As a result a mother and child who were in the ward died. Many others were injured. At the time of the bombardment the maternity ward had 14 mothers and seven babies. They escaped with minor injuries. ''The Acting Matron describing her shock at what had happened went on: ''Aerial bombardments have occurred several times in the Killinochchi District. But the Hospital had not been attacked before this. That is why I had not taken any special precaution.'' says Sinnathangam Mahendrarajah, who was injured in the aerial bombardment.
Virakesari , 21 November 1993 [ Full Story ]
November 12, 1993
Place: Jaffna Hospital

Source:
Sri Lankan supersonic jets bombed the Jaffna Hospital.
On 12 November 1993, at about 2.30 p.m. Sri Lankan supersonic jets bombed the safety zone around the Jaffna Hospital. The bombs were dropped within 50 yards of the main entrance to the Hospital. This area is under ICRC control. Doors, windows and tiles of the Hospital were broken and fell in pieces. The outer wall of the OPD came tumbling down. Glass shutters of some vehicles within the hospital were shattered. Two security guards of the hospital, a Red Cross volunteer worker, and an infant in the hands of a woman who rushed into the hospital for safety were injured. [ Full Story ]
November 12, 1993
Place: Jaffna

Source: Hot Springs
Jaffna Hospital attacked
On 12 November 1993, at about 2.30 p.m. Sri Lankan supersonic jets bombed the safety zone around the Jaffna Hospital. The bombs were dropped within 50 yards of the main entrance to the Hospital. This area is under ICRC control. Doors, windows and tiles of the Hospital were broken and fell in pieces. The outer wall of the OPD came tumbling down. Glass shutters of some vehicles within the hospital were shattered. Two security guards of the hospital, a Red Cross volunteer worker, and an infant in the hands of a woman who rushed into the hospital for safety were injured. (Hot Springs Weekly, Jaffna, 21 November 1993) [ Full Story ]
October 21, 1987
Place: Jaffna General Hospital

Source:
Diwali Day massacre at Jaffna General Hospital
It was a Diwali day - 21 October 1987. In the history of Tamils it will come to be regarded as a "dark day". Due to the military offensive started by the IPKF on the 10th day of October 87, many hospitals were not functioning, and there were no transport facilities. There was a tense situation prevailing as many innocent civilians had been either killed or wounded. Jaffna General Hospital was still functioning in midst of hardships. [ Full Story ]
0, 1982
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: Saturday Review, March 20, 1982
Anti Tamil, anti Hindu offensive in Mullaitivu - 1982
Kuranthan Malai, a quiet peaceful spot in Tamil-populated Mullaitivu with ruins of both Hindu and Buddhist places of worship, will soon house an exclusive Buddhist vihare and temple and a Sinhala settlement, according to plans drawn up by officials working under the Ministry of Industries and Scientific Affairs. Army personnel, an ex-Director of a Public Corporation under the Ministry who was also a leading member of the UNP Trade Union - the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya- -several Ceramics Corporation vehicles, and employees of the government Tile factory of Oddichuddan 20 miles away- have all been enlisted in the implementation of this project. [ Full Story ]