Feb 12, 2019

No specialist JMO for President’s village! Featured

Due to the unavailability of a Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) for Polonnaruwa, the residents have to travel 80 km to the Batticaloa town for the services of a JMO.

The situation is most critical when post-mortem examinations have to be carried out in the event of a suspicious death when the body has to be sent to Batticaloa.

In such circumstances, the family of the deceased have to bear a huge cost to have an undertaker transport the body to Batticaloa.

These undertakers charge around Rs. 50,000 for a body to be taken to Batticaloa for the post-mortem and brought back.

Due to this predicament, the residents of seven provincial divisions in Polonnaruwa are greatly affected.

According to a resident, due to this situation they have to spend double the amount that is usually spent for a funeral.

Therefore, the people of Polonnaruwa and thoroughly disgruntled with the government and urged President Maithripala Sirisena to look into this matter and provide them a solution to their predicament.

Pics – W.A. Piyathilaka

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