Maternity and childcare centres have been developed with modern facilities on par with health centres in developed countries, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
The minister was speaking at a ceremony held to vest two modernized maternity and childcare centres in the people at Ranmuthugala and Eldeniya at Mahara on Wednesday.
He said the Sri Lankan health service has been highly commended by the international community. Success was achieved due to the sheer devotion and efficiency of all officers in the health service. The objective of constructing fully equipped maternity and childcare centres is to create an environment for efficient and clever officials to discharge their duties in a proper manner while providing complete and orderly service to the people.
A pilot project of the program of modernizing maternity and childcare centers was launched in the Gampaha district. Sixty five centres at a rate of five centres each in 13 electoral divisions were identified for modernization. Fifty two centres have been modernized and vested in the people. Minister Rajapaksa said health centres in the country were in a poor state. There was no place for the mothers to sit. Weighing of children was carried out with the help of trees. Doctors had no place to examine the patients with privacy.
He said the government has carried out development activities in other fields. Steps have been taken towards moral development and human resources development. The education system has been developed with changes in keeping with international standards.
The minister said, "We are in an era with technological and scientific development.
We have changed our education system in keeping with international trends. We accorded priority to science and technology so that our children can compete with international communities.
We have decided to construct 250 technical laboratories and 1,000 Mahindodaya Science faculties. Sanitary facilities in schools have been improved. Five thousand primary schools have been developed as Lama Mithuru Schools. One thousand secondary schools have been developed."
Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Provincial Council Health Minister Ranjith Somawansa and Health sector officials, including Director of Health, Gampaha also participated.