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Seven-year-old girl dies from Paracetamol overdose!

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A seven-year-old girl who was suffering from fever died due to an overdose of paracetamol, it was revealed during an autopsy conducted by Gampola Hospital’s Coroner Nalin A. Mediwaka.

The deceased Rankothpedi Gedara Shamali Tharushi, who was a resident of Thamaravalliya, Uduwella in Udahenthenna, was studying in the Uduwella Primary School.

Her parents had given her medicine brought from the Kurunduwatta Hospital in Gampola twice.

It has been revealed that the child had been given a higher dose mentioned by the hospital pharmacy on the cover instead of the prescribed dose given by the doctor.

About 600 patients visit the hospital every day and it was reported that there is only one pharmacist.

Also, the hospital does not have necessary covers to put the medicines in and uses old bills or paper to wrap medicines.

Due to the large number of patients, many medicines like Panadol are kept wrapped in papers and given to the patients.

Though the dosage required for adults was already written inside the papers, the dose for the children will be written on the outside of the paper.

Accordingly, the parents of the seven-year-old child have given her the adult dosage mentioned inside the paper.

The child who developed a stomachache on the 22nd was brought to the Gampola Hospital in a critical condition.

Although the doctors had taken steps to refer the child to the intensive care unit, there were no beds available in Gampola, Peradeniya, Nawalapitiya or Kandy Hospitals. Arrangements were being made to transfer the child to the Ragama Hospital.

In the meantime, the child was anaesthetized with the consent of the father, and the child died at the Gampola Hospital at around 7:30 on the 22nd.

Accordingly, the child’s body was taken to the Kandy National Hospital on the 23rd for the post-mortem examination, where it was revealed that the child had died due to serious damage suffered to the liver caused by high Paracetamol dosage.

Judicial Medical Officer C.U. Wickramasinghe had sent samples obtained from the body of the deceased girl to a laboratory for further testing.

(Aruna)

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Colombo air show and CADE 2024 exhibition postponed to next year

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The Colombo Air Show and Defence Exhibition (CADE 2024), initially set to take place from May 29 to June 2 at Galle Face and Colombo Port City, has been postponed to next year, according to the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).

The SLAF stated that the decision to reschedule the event was made in response to multiple requests from international partners, defence industry stakeholders, and foreign Air Forces. This postponement aims to enhance participation and provide a more diverse experience for spectators.

The rescheduled event will now be held from February 26 to March 2, 2025, coinciding with the 74th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

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 Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrives in Sri Lanka

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The Global Peace Ambassador and Spiritual Leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon (18) for a three-day visit. He was welcomed at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake by State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon and Eastern Province Governor Senthil Thondaman.

During his stay from May 18 to 20, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will participate in an event titled ‘Ekamuthuva: An Evening of Music, Meditation and Wisdom,’ which will be held at Taj Samudra on May 19. Renowned for his global humanitarian efforts and as a peace envoy, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is also an Indian yoga guru and the founder of ‘Transcendental Meditation’.

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President leaves for Indonesia

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has left for Indonesia this morning (18) to attend the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting in Bali, at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

The 10th World Water Forum is being held from May 18th to 20th in Bali, Indonesia.

This significant gathering, themed “Water for Shared Prosperity,” will convene global leaders to address pressing issues related to water management and sustainability.

President Wickremesinghe left for Indonesia on Saturday, following an invitation from Indonesian President Joko Widodo, underscoring Sri Lanka’s commitment to international cooperation on water-related challenges.

Scheduled to deliver a keynote address on May 20th, President Wickremesinghe will articulate Sri Lanka’s perspective on achieving equitable access to water resources for all, the President’s Media Division said.

During the forum, President Wickremesinghe is expected to engage in bilateral discussions, including a meeting with President Widodo, to explore avenues for collaborative action in water resource management.

His delegation, comprising senior officials from the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reflects Sri Lanka’s comprehensive approach to addressing global water issues.

President Wickremesinghe’s participation underscores Sri Lanka’s proactive role in advancing sustainable solutions to ensure water security, not only domestically but also on the global stage, the PMD said.

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