Unforeseen circumstances delayed Hambantota Hospital opening – President | Daily News

Unforeseen circumstances delayed Hambantota Hospital opening – President

President Maithripala Sirisena is welcomed at the opening ceremony.
President Maithripala Sirisena is welcomed at the opening ceremony.

Unforeseen circumstances obstructed the opening of the Hambantota General Hospital nearly three years, said President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday.

President Maithripala Sirisena was addressing the gathering at the opening of the Hambantota Hospital funded by the Netherlands.

He said the foundation stone for the hospital was laid in 2012 when he was the Health Minister. “It was to be opened in three years but due to unforeseen circumstances, it could not be realised. He added it was opened after seven years of its commencement.

He said a lot of money is spent on health and education of the country and no any other previous governments did so.

The President said the foundation stones were laid for the Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya Hospitals in 2012.

The President said health and education of Sri Lanka is among the best of the regional countries.

He said that irregular and haphazard way that the people consume food paves way for various diseases. “The country has only a few nutritionists but Korea has 12,000.

Many developed countries have a large number of nutritionists than doctors and specialists, he said.

“The people are ignorant of the services of the government for the health sector. Everyone including children must keep their health sound and help save the money spent on medicines,” the President said.

The Hambantota Hospital built at a cost of Rs. 7,000 million comprises 850 beds, modern equipment, operation theatre, Intensive Care Units, Out-Patients Departments (OPD), pharmacies, a blood transfusion center and quarters for doctors and nurses.

A Dialysis Unit which is under construction, will be opened by 2020.


 

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