Medical Worry – Tidal Wave Update 4

Rotting human and animal remains, lack of clean water and overstretched medical facilities are increasing the risk of disease in Sri Lanka’s tsunami struck coastal areas, as the disaster enters its third day. Rotting human and animal remains, lack of clean water and overstretched medical facilities are increasing the risk of disease in Sri Lanka’s tsunami struck coastal areas, as the disaster enters its third day. Sri Lanka’s state television appealed for vehicles to ferry medical personnel to affected areas, as the stricken nation’s medical facilities are being swamped by the dead from the killer wave that hit the country Sunday.

Medical staff in affected areas, have been working virtually round-the-clock for nearly 72 hours in medical facilities that survived the tsunami.

In the badly hit Southern town of Galle, only one state hospital in Karapitiya and a small private hospital is operating.

The Mahamodara state hospital in Galle, which is nearer to the sea than Karapitiya has been devastated by the tsunami.

Our correspondent says ward 20 and 21, which housed the maternity units are no longer standing. A similar fate has befallen the baby care unit.

At the Karapitiya hospital medica