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* U.S. opens two hospitals in Northern Sri Lanka
Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 09:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 13, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka opened two new hospitals in the Northern Province on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief of Mission William Weinstein opened the Mulankavil Base Hospital in Kilinochchi and Oddusuddan Divisional Hospital in Mullaitivu completed at a cost of over US$ 1 million to provide services in conflict affected areas of Sri Lanka's Northern Province.

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and government officials including the Northern Province Ministry of Health attended the ceremonies.

Speaking at the opening, Mr.Weinstein said the two civilian hospitals will provide easier access to better and higher quality medical care to the people of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts.

"The U.S. Government is helping to improve the lives and health of some of the most vulnerable people in the North," he said.

In both locations, the U.S. Government funded construction of new central buildings including emergency treatment units, out-patient departments with four consultancy rooms, pharmacies, and basic labs. Each out-patient department will have seating for 60 people, and the capacity to treat 150-200 patients per day. Both hospitals will serve as regional medical centers for the surrounding populations.

The projects were done in collaboration with the Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health. In Malunkavil the government renovated the maternity ward to the old hospital, and in Oddusuddan the government is also funding new medical staff quarters and a new preventive health building.

Since 2009, the U.S. Government has committed to funding 25 school and hospital projects in Sri Lanka's Northern and Eastern Provinces, contributing more than US$ 7 million in this effort to help communities rebuild and provide essential services to all people.



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