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New CT Scan unit for NIID

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and officials view the newly opened unit
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and officials view the newly opened unit

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi opened the Computerized Tomography Scanning Unit built at a cost of Rs. 60 million at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Angoda yesterday, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the unit includes a CT Scanner and the building had been constructed by the Sri Lanka Navy. The unit will be able to serve COVID-19 patients more efficiently with the new facility.

After opening the new unit Minister Wanniarachchi pointed out the importance of having a second hospital in Sri Lanka to treat infectious diseases. She stated that it is the leadership given by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa which helped to control COVID-19 in Sri Lanka successfully.

Required changes had been done in 30 more hospitals in order to treat COVID-19 patients. It is highly admirable how the NIID faced the COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka while the health staff in many other countries suffered fear and hardships, she added.

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around a person’s body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body. A CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.


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