First private teaching hospital ready for opening


The newly constructed SAITM teaching hospital at Malabe.

By Don Asoka Wijewardena 

The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) will be opened by Prime Minister D. M. Jayartane on April 5. The first private teaching hospital in the country, it comprises state-of-the-art facilities.

Malabe PMC Director Dr. Sameera Senaratne told The Island that they had achieved their goal against all odds as since the beginning of the private medical college some medical organisations had carried out a campaign to destroy it.

He said that the SLMC had issued some guidelines which his hospital will do its best to adhere to. It was the untiring effort of the SAITM Chairman Dr. Neville Fernando that had made their dream a reality, Dr. Senaratne said, noting that the Teaching hospital comprised 1,200 bed hospital for all clinical practices to meet all medical requirements including modern surgical facilities, competent lecturers to teach the students, pathology department, forensic medicine department, haemodialysis unit, cardiothoracic surgery unit, cardiac investigation unit, paediatric wards, Neo-natal intensive care unit and male ICU.

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