Sri Lankan government medical officers protest outside a hospital in Colombo. Professional medical organisations are warning that people will die as emergency treatment will soon not be possible if drugs and equipment are not received urgently. Photo: AP
Sri Lankan government medical officers protest outside a hospital in Colombo. Professional medical organisations are warning that people will die as emergency treatment will soon not be possible if drugs and equipment are not received urgently. Photo: AP
Sri Lanka

Surgery by flashlight, not enough drugs: Sri Lankan doctors make life-death decisions as economic crisis deepens

  • Who lives, who dies? That’s the hideous triage question medical professionals are now facing as essential medicines begin to run out
  • They’ve been urging govt to make contingency plans, call healthcare emergency, amid major protests and mass resignation of cabinet ministers

Sri Lankan government medical officers protest outside a hospital in Colombo. Professional medical organisations are warning that people will die as emergency treatment will soon not be possible if drugs and equipment are not received urgently. Photo: AP
Sri Lankan government medical officers protest outside a hospital in Colombo. Professional medical organisations are warning that people will die as emergency treatment will soon not be possible if drugs and equipment are not received urgently. Photo: AP
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