The family of a Sri Lankan woman who died at an immigration detention facility in Japan has been briefed by a doctor who examined her about a month before her death.
Wishma Sandamali, who was 33, had overstayed her visa and was being detained at a facility in Nagoya City, central Japan.
She began complaining of ill health in mid-January. She was seen by doctors, but died in March without being hospitalized.
The woman’s two younger sisters met a doctor at Chukyo Hospital in Nagoya on Wednesday.
The family’s lawyers say the doctor wrote in a medical record dated February 5 that if the woman could not take medication orally, it should be administered intravenously and she should be hospitalized.
But on Wednesday, the doctor explained that an endoscopic exam did not reveal any abnormalities, so the woman was not hospitalized.
The doctor also said immigration officials only wanted the woman’s digestive tract to be examined.
The sisters later said they blame the immigration authorities, and they still have questions about the account they were given of their sister’s illness.
Lawyer Ibusuki Shoichi, who represents the family, cast doubt on the immigration services’ ability to detain people responsibly, pointing out fundamental problems with their healthcare system.
The Immigration Services Agency of Japan is investigating the response of officials at the detention facility at that time.
Sisters of dead Sri Lankan woman briefed by doctor | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News