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Nawaloka Hospitals maintains stringent safety protocols to ensure patient wellbeing



In a bid to offer Sri Lankans safe access to quality and affordable healthcare, leading private healthcare provider Nawaloka Hospitals has further strengthened their in-hospital safety protocol against the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on guidelines imposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health (MOH), Sri Lanka, the hospital has actioned numerous innovative and stringent measures to ensure staff, patients, and visitors’ safety. Nawaloka’s well-researched and comprehensive safety protocol also considers global research conducted on mitigating numerous risk factors and sources of exposure or transmission.

“While the COVID-19′ pandemic continues to evolve in the country rapidly, it is important to understand that our hospitals remain safe and open to care for our communities, especially for whom continuity of care is critical due to implications caused by chronic illnesses. This situation also calls upon every Sri Lankan to redouble efforts in fending off this pandemic. We encourage everyone to help keep their communities safe and help limit the spread of the virus by remaining vigilant in wearing masks, social distancing, and maintaining good hand hygiene.” Nawaloka Hospitals Deputy Chairman Harshith Dharmadasa stated.

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 across most communities in the country, Nawaloka Hospital’s COVID-19 preparedness plan is geared to prevent and control the spread of infection and avoid situations of public panic in the event of detecting a suspected case. All patients, caregivers, visitors and healthcare professionals who enter the Nawaloka hospitals or labs undergo a thorough triage at entry, with strict sanitisation, social distancing and non-contact temperature checks in place.

The hospital premises are thoroughly disinfected every 12 hours, and strict social distancing procedures are enforced at every juncture while all medical personnel are geared with masks and personal protective equipment.

Nawaloka Hospitals has also innovated measures to care for patients while preventing the spread of the disease. Innovative practices like drive-thru lab testing and channelling, home visit PCR and lab tests solutions, home delivery of medication and telehealth consultations were immediately launched to enable patients to continue their medical care without visiting the hospital physically. 

“The highly experienced and deeply committed team at Nawaloka Hospitals has worked hard to implement a host of safety measures that are in line with the directives set by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. This is to ensure that all those who seek healthcare during this time have unhindered, affordable and safe access to it, thereby bringing our world-class system of health care to the masses.”, Dharmadasa continued to state.

The state-of-the-art Nawaloka Specialty Centre has proved to be an opportune investment during this period of contagion. The massive 400,000 square feet centre with a mega multi-storey car park boasts a strategic combination of advanced medical technology and expert medical care. Each medical speciality is allocated a designated channel module within the centre, offering patients privacy, adequate space to practice social distancing and screening from infection by interacting with patients from other specialities.

Pharmacy and laboratory facilities located on each floor restrict mobility within the hospital, limiting the possibility of cross-infection. The strategically designed building has proven to be extremely beneficial and offered a competitive advantage during the COVID-19 pandemic, guaranteeing patient safety in a secure environment.

Nawaloka’s extensive safety protocol also includes guidelines for the usage of facemasks, the cleaning of the hospital, linen management, usage and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and directives for home quarantine procedures. The hospital will continue to invest in and evolve their healthcare practices to ensure a safe environment for all stakeholders in the new normal.

About Nawaloka Hospitals

Nawaloka Hospitals entered the state-dominated healthcare sector in 1985 as the first private hospital in Sri Lanka to offer tertiary healthcare services. Since then, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, the hospital has garnered considerable local and international recognition, pioneering numerous advanced clinical developments in the country. In 2020, Nawaloka Hospitals achieved the prestigious Joint Commission International’s (JCI) gold seal of approval for its continued compliance with internationally-recognized healthcare standards.

Nawaloka offers a 24-hour OPD centre, a state-of-the-art ETU facility, air and land medical evacuation services that include mobile ICUs and a home nursing unit offering professional in-home care services. Equipped with the latest technology and affordable healthcare solutions of international standards driven by a passionate and professional team of the best consultants and nurses, Nawaloka Hospitals is fully committed towards the principal vision of building a healthier and stronger Sri Lanka.

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HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign



Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall

HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.

Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.

The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.



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Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020



Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.

It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.

‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.

‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.

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Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q



The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.

Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.

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