President Mahinda Rajapaksa drew his attention to a report in a Sunday newspaper with regard to pleads made by a mother in the Kalutara district suffering from cancer, for support to receive treatments.
Ms. Kusumalatha, a mother of three young children, is suffering from abdominal cancer and is being treated at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.
According to the news report, the hospital has informed her that an operation would cost her around Rs. 400,000 which she is unable to afford.
Acknowledging Ms. Kusumalatha does not have the means for the operation, the President inquired after her health from hospital authorities and learning that the operation costs Rs. 600,000, advised them to carry it out free of charge.