Apr 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today opened the Army's third wellness resort for the disabled soldiers, Abimansala-3, in Kurunegala in the North Western Province.
President Rajapaksa registered the first entrant to the new rehabilitation center and marked the formal operation of the third Abimansala.
The state-of-the-art wellness center set up in a 10-acre land at Pangolla, Kurunegala will accommodate 50 disabled soldiers from the North Western Province who receive rehabilitation and therapeutic needs in the facility.
The resort has eight villas, three cottages, swimming pool, gymnasium, and hydrotherapy and physiotherapy facilities and also an indigenous medical unit, medical laboratory and a medical ward.
The project to provide life-time care for the injured war veterans was initiated under the Defense Ministry and the first of the centers, Abimansala, was opened in Anuradhapura. Abimansala-2 was opened in Kamburupitiya and Mihindu Seth Medura in Attidiya.
The wellness centers will operate under Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake and the resort was completed through the 'Brave Hearts' project of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU).
Chief Minister of North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera, Governor Tissa Balalla Ministers Johnston Fernando, Salinda Dissanayake, and Jayaratne Herath, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Chief of Defense Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya and Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake were also present at the occasion.
(Photos by Chandana Perera)