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Country’s excellent healthcare service helped contain COVID–19 pandemic - PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest at the ‘Capping Ceremony’ of 298 newly recruited nurses to the State health sector who passed out from the Colombo Nursing School. The Prime Minister presenting a medal to one of the nurses during the ceremony held at Temple Trees yesterday. Picture by Sulochana Gamage
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest at the ‘Capping Ceremony’ of 298 newly recruited nurses to the State health sector who passed out from the Colombo Nursing School. The Prime Minister presenting a medal to one of the nurses during the c

Sri Lanka’s excellent healthcare service and the healthcare workers were the main reason behind the country’s success against the deadly COVID – 19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the ‘capping ceremony’ of 298 newly recruited nurses to the State health sector who passed from the Colombo Nursing School.

Addressing the gathering at the event held at Temple Trees, the Prime Minister said “we know that the whole world is going through a difficult period due to the pandemic. But I am proud to say that if we have achieved success in controlling this deadly COVID – 19 pandemic, it is mainly due to the country’s excellent healthcare service”.

The Prime Minister also stated that the new government is committed to safeguarding the free health service of the country.

“You may remember that every time we came to power we worked to improve the health service in this country.

We looked at the quality of medical and nursing staff, as well as the infrastructure of hospitals and training schools,” the Prime Minister said.

“New hospitals were built in areas where new hospitals had to be built. However, this work was not done properly during the last government’s period. As a result, the health service faced various difficulties. As a result the people of the country were affected,” the Prime Minister added.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said in this backdrop an overwhelming majority in the country had given the government a mandate to overcome those difficulties and rectify anomalies and said he hoped all would give support to take that mandate on the right path.

“The nursing profession is a respected occupation not only in our country but in the whole world. From the moment you join a hospital service, your knowledge as well as behavior will play a crucial role in healing a patient,” the PM said.

The Prime Minister also recalled the nursing history in the country while adding that the Colombo Nursing School, a pioneering nursing school in the country had contributed in producing thousands of nurses since 1939.

He also pointed out that the government has already upgraded nursing upto degree level and the government hopes to upgrade the three year diploma to a four year degree.

“We are also developing a nursing training system that will allow you to improve your knowledge of English and work overseas in line with international standards. You too will be fortunate to be a part of it,” the Prime Minister added.

In addition, the Premier said the government was taking steps to develop the infrastructure of nursing training schools throughout the country. “We will take steps to address the shortcomings in laboratory, building and hostel facilities, especially in nursing schools. Through all this, the government hopes to protect the free health service,” he added.

Public Service United Nurses Union President Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera and Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi too were present.


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