President issues guidelines for improving provincial hospitals
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the relevant health sector
authorities to place appropriate and adequate staff in the provincial
hospitals, following a systematic study to meet exacting needs.
At a meeting in which issues related to the Provincial-level health
and education sectors were discussed last Tuesday at Temple Trees, the
President pointed out that patients seeking treatment at the Provincial
hospitals were experiencing innumerable problems due to the deficiences
and shortcomings prevalent in them.
He directed the relevant officials to minimise these deficiencies by
transforming them into fully fledged modern hospitals, by the provision
of all necessary facilities. The recruitment, placings and the transfer
of staff had to be made by the relevant government officials, in close
co-operation and co-ordination with the trade union representatives.
President Rajapaksa also directed the Finance Ministry officials to
expedite the process of transfering funds to the Provincial Councils,
for the distribution of school textbooks and the provision of other
physical resources to the schools under their purview. It had been
revealed at the meeting that there is a minor shortage of nursing staff
at Base, District and Rural hospitals managed by the Provincial
Councils. The erroneous method adopted in placing the staff, had been
identified as the cause for the shortage.
Health and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that there
are around 8,000 nurses under training in the training schools at
When appointments are given to the nurses passing out of these
schools, preference would be given to the Provincial-level hospitals,
and the present shortage would ease by this process.
The Minister said the formulation of a new recruitment procedure for
the nursing staff is also in the pipe-line, and added that the extention
of the nursing curriculae to a Degree-level has also been formulated
The Muruthtettuwe Annanda Thera, Ministers Susil Premajayantha,
Janaka Bandara Tennekoon, Provincial Governors Alavi Mowlana, Tikiri
Kobbekkaduwa, Tissa Ballalla, Karunarthna Divulgane, Mohan Wijewickrema,
C. Nanda Mathew, Dickson Daala, Kumari Balasuriya, Chief Ministers Berty
Premalal Dissanayake, Vijith Vijithamuni De Zoysa, Mahipala Herath,
Athula Wijesinghe and Shaan Wijayalal also participated.