President Mahinda Rajapaksa underscored that he strongly believes that every Government should mandatorily maintain free education as well as free health service in the country.
As such he pointed out that he would be totally dedicated to safeguarding free education and free health. The President was addressing specialist doctors at a meeting in Colombo yesterday (Dec. 30).
The Government has taken initiatives to grant all facilities required by the health sector.
The number of specialist doctors has by now increased from 512 in the year 2005 to nearly 2000.
The President said that specialist doctors are now serving in every sphere. Pointing out that the Jaffna Hospital has been now been developed with one floor equipped with 10 surgical theatres, the President queried from the specialist doctors whether another change such as the change effecting development which was limited only to Colombo has been granted to the entire country, was necessary.
Pointing out that the result was the most important in good governance; the President said that no one should forget the manner in which the dark era that prevailed in the past has now been clearly changed.
First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa, Minister Tissa Attanayake, Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake and Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala were present on the occasion.