First Palliative Care Centre opens in Galle | Daily News


First Palliative Care Centre opens in Galle

The first ever state-of-the-art Palliative Care Unit of Sri Lanka constructed adjoining  the Galle Cancer Hospital was inaugurated under the auspices of Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva on Monday with the participation of a large number of doctors and health care practitioners and staff of the Galle Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.

The work on the project which commenced in June 2019 under an initiative of Galle Branch of Cancer Society was completed with a cost of Rs. 70 million donated by philanthropists and with the comprehensive labour contribution of Sri Lanka Navy.  

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with specialized knowledge and expertise   who will work together to look after the patients. The centre provides physical, psychological, psychosocial and spiritual care to Patients with terminal illnesses such as advanced cancers and organ failure usually where a cure is not possible, patients with severe pain and patients at the end stage of their lives etc.

The centre has been built with striking architectural features on a picturesque landscape with the appearance of an elegant five star hotel. It consists of 10 ward rooms, two spacious treatment and consultation rooms, and facilities for administrative and other supplementary services. A huge pond in front of the centre adds more aesthetic beauty.

Speaking at the inauguration Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva expressed his great contentment over the Navy being a central contributor of the great mission specifically as a native from Galle area.  
“We were invited to provide technological and labour contribution towards the project of constructing the palliative care unit following the sanction of the Defense Ministry and subsequently we entrusted the task to our Southern Command who satisfactorily concluded the project within a period of eight months as scheduled,” the Navy Commander said.  

The head of the Palliative Care Center Consultant Surgeon Krishantha Perera, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital Deputy Director Harshani Ubeysekara, former Director of Karapitiya hospital Dr. P.Wijesooriya also spoke.

Visit Sri Lanka's Largest online shop. Over 125,000 unique categories such as Fresh Flowers, Cakes, Food, Jewllery, Childrens Toys and other Sri Lankan e-commerce categories. Low delivery cost to most cities here and free delivery in Colombo.

Add new comment