Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka's ancient Leprosy Hospital to be conserved as a museum
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 12:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Economic Development has taken steps to convert the Hendala Leprosy Hospital, which is over 300 years old, into a museum and preserve in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Ministry is considering to modernize the ancient hospital as a tourist attraction.

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa this week inspected the hospital at Hekitta, Wattala for renovating it under the Gampaha District hospital modernizing programme.

The hospital was built by Dutch colonials in 1708 and ha treated as many as 1900 patients in the early days.

Admission to the hospital has been stopped in 1983 after the cure for leprosy was found. However 43 persons who do not have place to go after recovery still live at the premises.

The hospital has Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu shrines in the premises.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka to turn age-old leprosy hospital into a museum



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka sending high-level delegation to Maldives to express concern over political crisis
-- [57 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka stock exchange to set up a Central Counterparty Clearing system
-- [1 hour and 39 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka, China committed to strengthen 'all weather friendship'
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lankan PM orders to remove high-maintenance foliage wall from official residence
-- [3 hours ago]
Top UN official visiting Sri Lanka holds discussions with President
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Freedom Party central committee to decide on constitutional reforms in a week
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Police appoint new head to the CID
-- [5 hours ago]
UN Under Secretary General calls on Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu CM asks Indian PM to get the fishermen and boats released from Sri Lanka promptly
Marxist party member gives evidence to CID against former Sri Lankan minister and MP

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.