International criticism prompts Sri Lanka to improve health services for conflict victims

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2228
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Widespread international condemnation has prompted Sri Lanka’s ministry of health to increase health services for almost 300 000 people displaced by the recent war and confined in camps. The World Health Organization is taking the lead in helping the health ministry by providing technical advice and supplies, including hospital beds and cardiac monitors, said Paul Garwood, spokesman for WHO.

    WHO says that hospital facilities are severely overburdened and in need of more staff and medical supplies. There are seven hospitals in the Northern …

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