Laboratory Technician assaulted
By NS and Sarasi Paranamanna
A medical laboratory technician, employed at the
Ragama Teaching Hospital was assaulted by a member
in the hospitalís minor staff. This had been the
seventh incident in two months reported against the
alleged offender by the hospital staff.
The assault had taken place at the overseerís office
when the technician had gone to recover the body of
his relative. When he had asked for a trolley to
take the body, the alleged offender had aimed a blow
at the laboratory technicianís head with a piece of
At the time of the assault the offender had been off
duty. The victim had been admitted to the primary
care unit and later transferred to a ward.
The medical laboratory technicians at the Ragama
Hospital had claimed that if the director of the
hospital failed to take action against the offender
they would be compelled to take appropriate
Subsequently the director had lodged a complaint at
the Ministry of Health. At present the offender has
been suspended from service but the Ragama Police
have been unable to arrest him so far.
Even though the alleged offenderís previous violent
and aggressive action had been reported to the
hospital authorities they had failed to take any
Prior to this incident he had assaulted other
workers including an employee at the morgue who had
suffered injuries due to multiple stab wounds.