An incident where the hand of a schoolgirl was amputated after she was admitted to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital due to fever was reported from the Jaffna Teaching Hospital yesterday.

The girl in question, who had been suffering from a fever for four days, was brought to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital on Sunday.

Her hand became numb and disabled after a cannula was placed into it through a needle.

The specialists who rushed to the ward following this development have decided to amputate her hand immediately to save her life.

She is a grade three student at the Jaffna Hindu College and a resident of Mallakam in Jaffna.

The Northern Provincial Health Services Director has appointed a committee of two doctors to investigate the incident.