Burning medical waste, National Hospital. Mom complained and they said, essentially, ‘what to do?’
Interesting and all too common story of shoddy medical service in Sri Lanka. I don’t mean shoddy medicine, I mean shoddy service. In SL we have free health care, but your choices are to wait and be messed about or go and get actual medical care at a private hospital. The problem with that is that private hospitals are insanely expensive, like a hundred dollars a day for saline and monitoring. And even then they don’t always offer decent service.
In this case, Ms. Grouchalot was going to donate blood, not even to ask them for anything, and she still got the runaround. This was, I believe, at a private hospital. The issue is not that the medical service is overburdened or has issues, that’s acceptable. The issue is that they act so overburdened and rude. It’s like a government office. But one feels it should be healthcare first.
Sri Lanka is one of the few countries which offer the enormous luxury of free education. It is the ordinary citizen who pay for one’s education with their own sweat and blood, it is the common people who nourish one’s mind and facilitate them with the necessary knowledge and the wisdom to aid them obtain good social status in the society, hoping that they will render a service to the community in return.
If one turns around and harasses, ignores and abandons the very people who have nourished them in their hour of need, how in the devil’s name are these people supposed to deal with the invalids who need their love and care?