President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open Sri Lanka’s largest new Military Hospital at Narahenpita on Monday (May 5).
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, aware of the need for a well-equipped hospital for the benefit of thousands of War Heroes who sacrificed their legs and limbs, allocated this special vote of Rs. 4 billion to make it a reality as a tribute to their dedicated services, said Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army.
As a result, more than a thousand patients could now be accommodated per day in the OPD itself. It was the Secretary Defence who took the project forward and facilitated us to get another Rs. 2 billion worth medical equipment, turning it to be one of the best hospitals in Asia. Consultation services in the new Military Hospital can now be made available to tri-service and Police personnel as well, which itself is regarded a gift awarded to the Army,” addressing a media briefing at Army Headquarters on April 30
the Commander said.
With new facilities, we are able to provide better health services to disable War Heroes, some of who are aging and requiring close attention on various peripheral ailments, bound to crop up with passage of time. It is this category that need best attention. We have already trained manpower to run the hospital smoothly and all that began several years ago, the Commander stated.
Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake in response to Media queries added that the Government has always been of assistance to the medical requirements of the Army and provided all requirements. Earlier, the Army Hospital was not with many requirements and in some instances, our War Heroes had to be sent to foreign capitals for subtle surgeries and operations. With 12 dental surgeries, operation theatres and specialist units, our soldiers would be very much benefited with this new gift given to the Army by the President, the Commander added.
The construction of the new state-of-the-art hospital complex with 1024 beds and all modern technical and medical equipment was accelerated, following able guidance of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development who showed a keen interest in the project, he added.
Explaining multi-faceted facilities and services of the new and the largest Military Hospital complex at Narahenpita, the Commander said that this 10 storied building is comprised of 21 Wards.
The complex is equipped with Sterilization and Supply Division (SSD) facilities, more spacious OPD section, MRI scanning facilities, a roof-top chopper pad, automatic x-ray screening machines, two modular operation theatres, Pathology Laboratory, Radiology Unit, Dermatology Unit, Medical Air and Nurses calling facilities, labour room, 12 dental surgery units, a canteen and an auditorium with 314 seats for lectures, etc.
It is to be manned entirely by professionally-trained Army personnel for both administrative and medical duties. What is special in the project is its separate wing which is reserved to provide even family members of ex-servicemen with health services unlike before, the Commander said.
Its diagnostic facilities in radiology as well as in pathology complements more space and better healthcare since it would remain as the central wing to all island-wide peripheral Army medical units for reference.
Engineers and technicians of the Engineers Services Regiment (ESR), responsible for the overall construction of the colossal complex, successfully attended to highly advanced and sophisticated technical aspects, associated with its day to - day operations and ensured its completion in time.