Karawanella hospital modernised
From J. Antony

RATNAPURA - A fully modernised operating theatre, built at a cost of Rs. 30 million, was declared open at the Karawanella Base Hospital by Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Athauda Seneviratne recently.

The hospital has also been provide with other facilities such as an official residence, for the doctors, children’s Ward, leprosy ward, dental clinic etc. All sections have also been provided with specialist doctors.

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Commerce and Trades H. R. Mithrapala, Provincial minister of Industries and Road Development Y. G. Padmasiri also participated at the opening.

Minister Athauda Seneviratne said that it was his longtime dream to develop the Karawanella Hospital. In 1965 when he was electioneering in this area only Karawanell Hospital was available to the public. But the hospital lacked doctors and medicine and the patients had to seek treatment in hospitals outside the districts. This hospital was neglected. When he became the chief minister of Sabaragamuwa he was able to develop the hospital and elevate it to a base hospital. Now with all the facilities patients need not go to Colombo or Kandy hospitals, he said.

"Even though the World Bank instructed us not to provide free medical service we did not dance to its tune. We will continue to provide free medical service and free education. We have already have started to provide fertiliser at Rs. 350.00. Financial assistance to children and various measures will be taken to implement the Mahinda Chintanaya."

The Minister inquired after the health of Y. R. Niluka Priyadharshani who successfully underwent a cesarean operation after the opening.



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