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Low quality food given to National Hospital patients

Low quality dry rations are being used in the cooking of meals for patients and staff of Colombo National Hospital, claims its deputy director Dr. Rukshan Bellana.

On occasions, vegetables that have gone bad are included in the meals.

Milk powder and sugar nearing expiry are used in the preparation of tea, he said.

Also, the contractor supplies fish unfit for consumption, added the deputy director of the CNH.

Hospital authorities cannot take action since the health ministry, which has been informed in writing following complaints by the staff, has the deciding powers, he added.

Every month, it is paid Rs. 7.6 million for dry rations and Rs. 1.5 million for fish.

The contractor also supplies to prisons, military camps and other state institutions, he said.

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