Aug 31, 2018

Pregnant mothers protest demanding a doctor!

A group of pregnant mothers in Killinochchi and several women’s organisation staged a protest opposite the Killinochchi hospital today demanding a permanent Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist for the hospital.

The protestors claimed that there were two Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologists at the Killinochchi hospital but one had been transferred and the other is overseas on higher education.

As there are no Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologists at the Killinochchi hospital now, the pregnant mothers have to travel to either the Mulaithivu or Jaffna hospitals.

In serious situations patients are transferred to the Jaffna hospital and recently two such mothers were transferred to the Jaffna hospital in critical condition.

The protestors also handed over a letter to the Northern Health Minister G. Gunaseelan today, seeking a solution to their issues.

A large crowd had gathered for the protest.

Pregnant mother found dead in field!

Meanwhile, the Killinochchi Police said that the body of a pregnant mother found yesterday (30) in a field as determined by the post-mortem examination to have been strangled with a wire or rope and killed.

According to the Autopsy report, the woman was five months pregnant.

The Killinochchi Police said that the dead woman had been identified by her father and brother as 32-year-old Karupaiya Nithyakala, a mother of one from Mankulam, Murukkandi, Wasanthanagar.

The villagers claimed that the dead woman had been involved with a security forces member and after the affair had broken, she had been living alone.

She had been employed at a garment factory as a security guard and her body was discovered by a group of fishermen who had notified the police.

The Killinochchi Police is investigating further.

 Pics by Madhawa Kulasuriya – Vavuniya Corr

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