Dec 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to expand the Kandy Teaching Hospital and plans to acquire the land belonging to the hospital that is taken over by squatters.
A special discussion on the expansion of the hospital was held under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine the Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at the Ministry recently.
It has been noted that about 40 acres belonging to the Kandy Teaching Hospital have been occupied by illegal settler and measures have been taken to retrieve about 18 acres of land back to the hospital. Another 21 acres are due to be taken back to the hospital.
The Minister at the discussion instructed the Director General of Health Services to take prompt measures to take the remaining land back from the squatters.
The Health Minister has decided to develop the Kandy Teaching Hospital as the second national hospital in Sri Lanka. All arrangements have already been made to construct new ward complexes which can provide all health services.
The Kandy Teaching Hospital is the second largest general hospital in Sri Lanka and provides services to people in seven Provinces.
It was revealed that on average 215,000 patients per month are receiving treatment at the Kandy Teaching Hospital.
The Health Minister also emphasized the need to appoint a Deputy Director General of Health Services instead of a director with the expansion of the health services at the hospital.
Discussions were also held on the progress of development projects that have been initiated so far.
Deputy Director General KDLK Gunawardena, Director of Kandy Teaching Hospital Saman Ratnayake and specialists of the hospital were also present at the discussion.