May 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open the new largest state-of-the-art military hospital in Narahenpita.
At the invitation of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, President, Chief Guest for the occasion, accompanied by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence and Urban Development, unveiled a plaque and ceremonially opened the new Army Hospital.
The President also took an observation tour in the hospital complex built at a cost of Rs. 1.54 billion to provide health services to the members of tri forces and police and their families as well as retired military personnel and their family members.
The ten-storied military hospital complex at Narahenpita, comprising 21 wards and 1024 beds will be the largest military hospital in South Asia.
Engineers and the technicians of the Engineer Services Regiment of Sri Lanka Army were entrusted in constructing the facility.
The hospital, equipped with another Rs 2 billion worth state-of-the-art medical equipment can accommodate more than thousand patients per day in its Outpatient Department (OPD).
In addition to the large OPD section, the complex is complete with Sterilization and Supply Division (SSD) facilities, MRI scanning facilities, a roof-top chopper pad, automatic x-ray screening machines, two modular operation theatres, Pathology Laboratory, Radiology Unit, Dermatology Unit, Medical Air and Nurses calling facilities, labor room, 12 dental surgery units, a cafe and an auditorium with 314 seats for lectures.
The new hospital will be manned by Army medical staff, beginning from today.
Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena, Deputy Minister of Health Lalith Rohana Dissanayake, Governor of Western Province Alevi Maulana, Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present at the occasion.
(Photos by Nishanka de Silva)