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Dialog gifts fully-functional ICU to Negombo Hospital

Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi Supun Weerasinghe - Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata, Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva -  Deputy Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Kanchana Jayaratne – Private Secretary to the Hon. Minister and Dr. Nihal Weerasuriya - Director of the Negombo District General Hospital, Dr. Sunil de Alwis - Additional Secretary (Medical Services), Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services

Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi Supun Weerasinghe - Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata, Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva -  Deputy Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Kanchana Jayaratne – Private Secretary to the Hon. Minister and Dr. Nihal Weerasuriya - Director of the Negombo District General Hospital, Dr. Sunil de Alwis - Additional Secretary (Medical Services), Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services

Dialog Axiata PLC, in less than a month, concluded the immediate civil reconstruction and provision of equipment to establish a fully functional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Negombo District General Hospital.

This concludes the first step taken in the pledged Rs. 200 Million towards the urgently required ICU capacity development in hospitals selected by the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services (MOH) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The civil re-construction and critical ICU development funded entirely by Dialog Axiata established a fully functional ICU complex with a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) to accommodate 10 new beds - complete with state-of-the-art ICU equipment advancing the hospital’s capability to admit more patients.

This ICU development by Dialog Axiata will further enable a higher chance of survival for admitted critical patients in the long run, lessen the pressure on medical staff treating patients with acute illnesses, will add greater value to the training of doctors in intensive care whilst also further acting as a catalyst to improve healthcare systems in the district. Commenting on this occasion, Pavithra Wanniarachchi - Minister of Health and Indigenous Medical Services stated “Dialog Axiata took great efforts to provide a fully functional ICU to the hospital. This marks a monumental moment in history where the development of a fully-functional ICU complex was completed in less than 30 days. On behalf of the Government I would like state my sincere gratitude to Dialog. Much like the lifesaving efforts practiced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a responsibility to save the public from common acute illnesses such as Dengue fever, now a long-term possibility with the completion of the fully-functional ICU complex.”

Commenting, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are pleased to have concluded the critical ICU development at Negombo District General Hospital in less than a month, in our efforts to further support health care providers with their direct lifesaving activities. The completion of this project, which is a part of the larger mission of the Rs. 200 Million pledged by Dialog to support and expand the country’s healthcare systems, significantly increased accessibility to intensive care to the general public.


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