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* Chest specialist examines detained ex-military chief of Sri Lanka
Mon, Apr 5, 2010, 07:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 05, Colombo: A chest specialist from the Colombo National Hospital today has examined the former military commander and defeated presidential candidate General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka who is currently detained at the Navy Headquarters, the Army said.

The Army said it had made arrangements for General Fonseka to receive treatments Monday morning from a senior chest physician attached to the Chest Clinic of Colombo National Hospital in the presence of Medical Officers at the Navy headquarters.

The measure has been taken in response to the allegations from his wife Anoma Fonseka and his party, Democratic National Alliance leaders that the General's health condition is deteriorating due to the detention.

The chest specialist who attended to General Fonseka this morning has however determined that he has not been afflicted with any new condition as alleged, and he could still continue with his routine medication, the Army said.

Anoma Fonseka recently wrote to the Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya seeking his intervention to get the services of a medical specialist to examine General Fonseka.

Sri Lanka Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe also expressed concern over Fonseka's health, especially, since his body was weak after surviving the LTTE suicide bomb attack in 2006.

Wickremasinghe called on the government to send a special medical team headed by Fonseka's personal doctor and another medical officer nominated by the Director General of Health Services to examine him and provide required treatment.

The Army said it regrets deeply over continuing baseless allegations on the medical services, being provided to General Fonseka and earnestly appeals to all concerned parties to refrain from making utterances of defamatory nature that belittle the dignity of medical professionals in the Navy.


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