First Family donation:
Cancer Institute gets ward complex
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday opened the two storied ward
complex at the Maharagama Cancer Institute in memory of his mother
Dandina Samarasinghe Dissanayake and First Lady’s mother Vilolet
This project was funded by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s family
members and philanthropists.
Fulfilling, a long-standing need, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa
donated medical equipment worth Rs 65 million to the Institute recently.
A cancer patient has to spend over Rs. 150,000 to obtain treatment
using such equipment, if he seeks treatment from private hospitals. The
patients at the Maharagama Cancer Institute can receive these treatments
free with this donation of high-tech-equipment. Over 15,000 patients
receive treatment from the Institute a year, It caters to more than 600
outdoor patients a day.
United Nurses’ Association President Ven Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera,
Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena and Labour Relations and
Productivity Promotion Minister Gamini Lokuge were also present.