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* Health Ministry says pressure from various parties on the committee investigating Dr Shafi interrupts the probe
Thu, May 30, 2019, 10:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 30, Colombo: The Ministry of Health says various parties are pressuring the six-member committee inquiring into the allegations made against Dr. Seigu Siabdeen Mohamed Shafi of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.

The Secretary to the Health Ministry, Wasantha Perera in a statement said due to the interruptions, the Committee has not been able to conclude its investigations.

The six-member committee appointed by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine consists of Medical professionals.

Accordingly, the Director of the Health Ministry, Dr. Anil Samaranayake functions as the Chairman of the Committee, while Retired Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Lakshman Senanayake and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. UDP Ratnasiri representing the Sri Lanka Obstetrician Gynecologist Association, Community Medical Specialist Sanjeewa Godakandage of Family Health Bureau, Health Ministry Director LA Basnayake and Investigation Officer of the Ministry of Health SI Gunawardene are the members of the Committee.

The Health Ministry has informed the Sri Lanka Medical Council to conduct an independent inquiry into the incident.

The Secretary to the Health Ministry also emphasizes that, if the doctor is found guilty, the law will be enforced without regard to status.

The Ministry said the propaganda carried out through various print and electronic media that the Health Ministry has made suggestions to the committee to get Dr. Shafi vindicated are completely false and baseless and the Ministry strongly condemns such reports.

Dr. Shafi, who is currently detained for an unrelated charge, is alleged to have conducted 4000 illegal sterilizations on mothers delivering their first child by cesarean operations.


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