Pakistan HC opens hospital
by Cyril Wimalasurendre

Kandy - Pakistan will continue to foster cordial relations with Sri Lanka by providing assistance in the future as has been done in the past, said the High Commissioner for Pakistan Bashir Wali Mohmand opening the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Zia Hospitalof Akurana on Saturday (15) afternoon.

The ICU of the Akurana Zia Hospital is a Rs. 15 million gift of the Pakistani government.

The Zia Hospital was gifted by former President Zia Ul Haq 20 years ago.

Wali Mohmand after opening the fully equipped modern ICU, Mohmand said the unit was only part of Pakistanís continuing assistance to the people of Sri Lanka in the health, education and social sector projects.

Pakistan just cannot forget the Zia Hospital of Akurana which itself is a donation initiated by one my countryís Presidents and we hope to continue similar assistance to the people of Sri Lanka in the future too, High Commissioner Mohmand noted.

The gift of the Intensive Care Unit follows a request by President Mahinda Rajapaksa about ten months ago when he was the Prime Minister. The President expressed the hope that some assistance could be given to the hospital to improve its services to the people. Hence the fully equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to benefit the people of Akurana, he added.

The High Commissioner recalled the interest and efforts of MP Faizer Musthapha in the installation of the Unit by communicating with the High Commission.

The High Commissioner earlier in the day inaugurated a computer centre at the Faiszer Musthapha Vocational Training Centre at Peradeniya Road, Kandy.

MP Faiszer Musthapha expressing his gratitude to the government of Pakistan and the High Commissioner said that people of Sri Lanka would preserve the memory of this valuable gift.

SLMC National Secretary Attorney M. Zahid and Media Counsellor of the High Commission Ms. Suriya Jamal were present.



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