Oct 26, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health today (26) to submit the memorandum of the concept of development projects in the Kurunegala General Hospital to the next cabinet meeting for approval.
The Prime Minister made this observation at a meeting held at Temple Trees Tuesday on the new development project at the Kurunegala Provincial Hospital.
The Prime Minister said that after obtaining the approval of the Cabinet, the initial construction of the hospital will commence early next year with the allocation of funds for this purpose in the 2022 budget.
The Prime Minister also instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. SH Munasinghe, to remove the obstacles to the naming of the Kurunegala Hospital as a Teaching Hospital and to declare it as the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.
The new hospital will be constructed on the instructions of the Prime Minister to include special facilities.
Construction of a separate bus service for bus patients and a bus stand inside the hospital, construction of a hospital for the first time under an attractive green concept, provision of a high standard of services as a teaching hospital as well as orthopedics, pediatrics and maternity services. Construction of a Bhikku ward complex and direct access from the hospital to the expressway and the railway station are among the major ones.
On the instructions of the Prime Minister, Minister Johnston Fernando, along with the Political Authority, the Ministry of Health, the Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Urban Development Authority have drawn up a preliminary plan for the construction of the hospital according to the green concept.
It is planned to combine the land where the old doctor’s official residence is located with the two acre sports ground and build new constructions on the 04 acre land while two 10-storey buildings will be built under the first phase.
Minister Johnston Fernando, Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini Senarath, Secretary to the Ministry of Health S. H. Munasinghe, Director, National Budget Department, Jude Nilukshan, Director General, Urban Development Authority; N.P. K. Ranaweera, Director of the Kurunegala Provincial General Hospital Dr. Chandana Kedangamuwa, President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, and Deputy Secretary to the Treasury R.M.P. Ratnayake were present.