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Significant development in democracy and media freedom ­ – President

President Maithripala Sirisena at the General Hospital in Polonnaruwa. Picture by President’s Media Division
President Maithripala Sirisena at the General Hospital in Polonnaruwa. Picture by President’s Media Division

A country should always move towards victory, President Maithripala Sirisena said, adding that one must ensure that tasks that could not be completed today for the benefit of the people should be completed tomorrow.

The handing over of several development projects completed under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa programme was held under the patronage of President Sirisena on Friday and the President made these comments while addressing the gathering at the General Hospital in Polonnaruwa.

The President said attempts taken by him to prioritise the service carried out for the country as well as to contribute a fair share towards the development of Polonnaruwa have become fruitful.

The development in the country would have been better if he had received the support of everyone for the activities carried out for the welfare of the country, he said. He further said although he was able to make significant development in democracy and media freedom, the process was not without obstacles or challenges.

President Sirisena also opened a newly constructed housing complex for government officials in Polonnaruwa.

He also opened the new police office in Polonnaruwa constructed at a cost of Rs. 97 million.

President Sirisena then attended the Mankada Roo Rata art exhibition and book launch by Hasini Wasana Sewwandi, a Grade 9 student at Polonnaruwa Royal College. He had earlier taken measures to provide a house for Hasini and the exhibition was organised as a tribute to the President.

Students who won the all island championship in weightlifting were awarded certificates by the President.

President Sirisena then joined the ceremony to open the newly constructed classroom building at Seevali Model Primary School in Polonnaruwa. The building was constructed under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa district development programme at a cost of Rs. 7.9 million.

The four-story Postal complex built at a cost of Rs. 63 million was vested with the public by the President.

Several development projects including a new eye clinic building, sports and physical wellness centre, official quarters for specialist doctors, a new ward complex with 120 beds, emergency ward complex and official quarters for the Director/ Deputy Director/ Specialists were also opened by the President.

The opening of the hospital health information management system at the Outpatient Clinic was also undertaken by the President.

The Digital Customer Satisfaction Survey system was also launched and hospital information exchange at Polonnaruwa District Hospital was opened while hospital medical information system was connected to the E-Channeling Service.

Governor Saratha Ekanayake, Mayor Chanaka Sidatha Ranasinghe and several others were present on the occasion.


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