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.