My son died with his dream My son died with his dream
Sep 17, 2017

No PET scanner 16 months after Rs. 250m funds given Featured

M.S.H. Mohamed, who founded a fund to raise funds for a PET scanner for Maharagama cancer hospital, says he is ashamed to be a Sri Lankan to see that no scanner is in place 18 months after the government was given Rs. 250 million to buy one.

‘Fight Cancer’ was started at the request of his son, a cancer victim, on 04 March 2016 and the money was raised within three months.

Director general of health services Dr. Jayasundara Bandara said the delay was due to having to follow the state’s procurement procedure.

Mohamed said he took the matter to the president 14 months after handing over the money, and an order was given to import the scanner on a special cabinet approval.

No letter of credit

It was two months ago the president intervened, but the Health Ministry has not yet been able to prepare the letter of credit at least, he said.

Bandara said in response that as the DG, he was responsible for technical matters only, and that the ministry secretary was the authority on finances.

He said he was not aware of the date when the money was credited to the ministry account, or as to why the LC was not yet ready.

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Building to house the scanner is not yet ready

Son’s last request

Mohamed said his son, Humaid, asked him to ensure that a scanner was in place before he died, but that did not happen due to the fault of the the authorities.

Several attempts by BBC Sandeshaya to contact minister Rajitha Senaratne failed.

A private hospital has a PET scanner and it costs Rs. 150,000 per test.