President to open new 1024 bed hospital for the army

By Madura Ranwala

The newly built ten storeyed Military Hospital, at Narahenpita will be declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 5 at 10.00 a.m. It had been built by the government at a cost of Rs. 6542.4 million.

Army Director Media, Brigadier Jayantha Jayaweera told The Island that it would be one of the biggest hospitals in the country as it had got 1024 beds. In comparison the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital had only 1021 beds.

He said that the mega hospital was a tribute to the war heroes by the President as it was a long felt requirement. He said that even police, air force and navy personnel could get specialist treatment from the hospital.

Patients had only to give their names and ranks to get admitted or get OPD treatment as the system is computerized to identify fallen heroes’ relations as their immediate dependents are also eligible to get treatment.  He said that even retired army personnel could make use of the facilities following the same procedure.

"It has 20 wards and provides latest Sterilization and Supply Division (SSD) facilities, more spacious OPD section that could cater to 1000 patients, nine operating theaters, MRI scanning facilities, 12 dental surgeries, a roof-top chopper pad, automatic x-ray screening machines, two modular operation theatres, Pathology laboratory, Radiology Unit, Dermatology Unit, Medical Air and Nurses calling facilities, a canteen and an auditorium with 314 seating capacity", he said.

The hospital will be manned by professionally trained Army personnel for both administration and medical duties.

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