Oct 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says he will take steps to develop the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Angoda as an Infectious Diseases Teaching Hospital in the future.
The Minister disclosed this plan Saturday speaking at an event organized by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and hospital Development Committee to appreciate the services rendered by employees of the hospital during the dengue epidemic.
Minister Senaratne told the officials to provide him with the plans to develop the hospital within six months and he will allocate the funding.
Expressing his views the Minister said in 2016 and 2017, the number of reported dengue cases saw a huge rise and the government took various measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
He said the disease was controlled due to the proper treatment services delivered by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, The Negombo General Hospital and all other island wide hospitals to the patients.
The Minister noted that there were around 600 patients in the 180-bed IDH and the hospital staff worked collectively to treat the patients. He said the Ministry provided everything the hospitals needed and due to the lack of space for patients, the Sri Lankan Army built temporary buildings.
He pointed out that the service rendered by those who work committedly is being criticized due to the unprofessional action of a few and in his personal opinion there is a higher level of health service in Sri Lanka than what is shown by the media.
The Minister said hospital directors always ask for facilities to develop the hospitals while some professionals in the health sector are threatening to launch 'lightning strikes' although there are doctors who do not participate in these strikes. He urged everyone in the health sector to work cooperatively
"Sri Lanka has a healthcare service with a brilliant history and it is also accepted by the World Health Organization," the Minister said.
He said the Infectious Disease Hospital needs to be developed and an environment should be created to face various diseases that may arise in future.
The Minister appreciated the services delivered by the staff of the hospital during the dengue epidemic. "Thinking about the patients' wellbeing first and then yourself is an example to the whole health services sector," the Minister told the employees.
Minister Senaratne presented awards prepared by the Hospital Development Committee to the senior health officials including Director General of Health Services Dr. Jayasundera Bandara, Director of National Institute of Infectious Diseases Dr. Dimuthu Ratnayake, Consultant Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, and other doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.