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34-year service, no pension

A minor staffer at the Ragama hospital died recently after 34 years of service, without any pension.
The 61-year-old identified as Paatha Hennedige Karunadasa, who became a permanent staffer six years ago, was in the process of submitting his papers for his pension, when his death occurred, said the hospital sources.
Another staffer close to him said, “Having received no proper education, this minor staffer lived in the hospital, helping out in the kitchen doing odd jobs and slept in the small corridor outside the incinerator room. He had been a loving father, who adored his only daughter from his second wife, after an unhappy first marriage. Three years ago, it was discovered their child too suffered from a cancer, and the man started to drink heavily thereafter”.
On the day of his death, he had been returning with lunch for a colleague, when he suffered a heart attack while taking the staircase to the upper floor, where he was to deliver the lunch packet. He had immediately sat on a hospital bench, but had collapsed on the floor and hit his head on the floor. He had been observed dead after throwing out blood from his mouth.
The body had been released without an inquest, and ordered to be buried. (NS)