Crucial medical research on kidney disease
The National Health Services Fund jointly with the World Health
Organization’s team of experts including Dr. Santhi Mendis are engaged
and involved in a series of crucial medical research at world class,
distinctive medical laboratories to discover the definite reason which
causes the renal diseases, said the Healthcare and Nutrition Minister
Nimal Siripala de Silva.
He was delivering the key-note address at the inauguration of the
Anuradhapura Renal Diseases Treatment, Prevention and Research Centre in
the Anuradhapura Teaching hospital premises on March 21.
The Sri Lanka Kidney Foundation with the patronage of Healthcare
Ministry, the North Central Provincial Council, Local and Foreign
funding agencies and philanthropists has pioneered in the task of
building the six storeyed institute and furnishing it with required
modern medical appliances at a cost of Rs. 285 million.
The centre is expected to treat patients in the North Central
Province, and in districts such as Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee,
Kurunegala, Puttalam and Matale.
The Minister said that some print media and several doctors’ unions
were always pessimistic about the health promotion services provided by
They were misleading the masses. At Anuradhapura Teaching hospital
there were 1200 beds, 250 doctors, 652 nurses and 600 minor employees.
As such there was one doctor for four beds and a nurse for two beds,
the Minister pointed out.
He said that the Japan through JICA has been endeavouring to donate a
new hospital building with all facilities at a cost of Rs. 25,000
million to Anuradhapura Teaching hospital and also the Italian
Government has pledged to assist in upgrading the Padaviya hospital.
Minister de Silva said that a conflict between two fractions of
physicians has delayed the opening of a Renal diseases treatment centre
built at a cost of Rs. 4,500 Lakhs at Maligawatte, in the Western
Negotiations have proved futile and as there was no other
alternative, he would make arrangements to transfer the valuable medical
equipment at the particular centre to Padaviya hospital for the benefit
of kidney patients in the area, he stated.
He lauded the endeavours of the doctors such as Tilak Abeysekara and
Beligaswatta, who have dedicated for the comfort of the kidney patients.
The physicians in this calibre should be treated as ‘Gods’ in the
doctors community and wished that medical students should follow such
North Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake said
that the new centre was equipped with 30 dialysis machines and 30 beds
capable of treating 90 patients per day.
He said that until such time the medical experts have discovered the
definite reason for spreading kidney diseases in North Central Province,
the Provincial Council would raise the medical facilities at the
hospitals situated in disease spreading areas to prevent more people
North Central Governor Karunaratne Divulgane said that the six
storeyed building would remain a symbol of compassion, love and kindness
of President Mahinda Rajapaksa towards the innocent people in Rajarata
caught in the menace of renal diseases.
Dr. Tilak Abeysekara Secretary of the Kidney Foundation paid high
tributes to late Lakshman Kadirgamar and late the former Governor of
Central Province Monty Gopallawa for their great and yeoman endeavours
to expand the medical services to save people from kidney ailments.
A philanthropist in Anuradhapura Vibuthi Gunasekera and his family
donated a scanning machine to the centre worth Rs. 04 million and
medical equipment and cash donations worth Rs. 05 million followed.