Connect with us

News

Six Uva hospitals upgraded to meet Covid  challenge with local and international support

Published

on

At a time of national emergency, in early June 2021, Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Upul Ranasinghe of the Bandarawela Hospital saw a rising wave of Covid patients in the Uva Province which the hospitals there were ill equipped to handle.

He reached out to Dr. Nalaka Mendis (Emeritus Professor, Colombo University) who immediately responded by calling on Dr. Naj Nagendran (Foundation of Goodness- USA) and gathering together a like-minded collective of humanitarians from Sri Lanka and overseas to respond to the challenge.

They included Mr. Manik Jayakumar (Q Trade Teas & Herbs), Mr. Felix Stephen ((Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities Limited), Mr. S. Skandakumar (Oru Paanai Trust- SL & USA) , Mr. Kushil Gunasekera (Foundation of Goodness) and Dr. Erosha Premaratne (Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team) to raise urgently needed funds.

With the number of Covid related deaths rising by the day and patients sleeping on the floor of over-crowded wards and corridors outside, the initial focus of the group was to quickly upgrade Covid facilities at the Bandarawela Hospital where the bed capacity was increased from 50 to 300, Kushil Gunasekera of FOG said.

Having acted fast to complete the first phase, the group was overjoyed to hear Dr. Roshan Piyarathna, Covid physician at Bandarawela Hospital, say “Thanks to your donations the hospital was able to treat and discharge over 1,500 positive patients”.

Encouraged by this success and supported by those who rose to the occasion of enhancing Covid handling capacity at Bandarawela, more funds were raised to extend the same help to five more Uva hospitals – Haputale, Haldumulla, Diyatalawa, Koslanda and Welimada.

A total of over Rs. 26 million was made by this group to upgrade the hospital facilities in the Uva not only made a strong impact on the treatment delivered during the pandemic under life or death comditions, but will also hold the hospitals in good stead long after the pandemic is overcome.

Doctors at the Koslanda Hospital noted that this was a significant donation in the 100-year history of the hospital which had been struggling to provide the best possible care with insufficient equipment and technology. This was made possible by private individuals and organizations assisting disadvantaged rural communities to rise to the pandemic challenge.

This project was delivered so successfully because of the support from the College of Internal Medicine lead by President Dr. Harsha Sathischandra who took on the responsibility to disburse the funds and oversee the purchase of equipment and its Treasurer, Dr. Priyamali Jayasekera’s voluntary role, in spite of the heavy demands on her time by her official duties. The fund utilization and equipment purchases were completed with absolute transparency, Gunasekera said.

Dr. Janitha Tennekoon- Provincial Director, Dr.  Leelananda Gallage- DMO Bandarawela, and Dr. Roshan Piyarathna- physician in charge of the Covid unit, facilitated the process at the Bandarawela Hospital.

Dr. U M M Pushpalatha, MD, Welimada Hospital, Dr. Ranjith Amarakone – MS, Diyatalawa Hospital, Dr. Sanjeeva Samaraweera – DMO, Haputale Hospital, Dr. Vichithra Rathnayake – DMO, Haldumulla Hospital and Dr. Niroshan Thaminidu – DMO, Koslanda Hospital were invaluable in coordinating these efforts and successfully completing this endeavour.

We record with sadness and regret the passing away of one of our amiable donors Eddie Wijesuriya, during this exercise.

When difficulties arise, at most times there is a light at the end of the tunnel and one of the positive outcomes of this disastrous pandemic was that rural hospitals got upgraded unexpectedly, enhancing their facilities, which means that such hospitals especially in remote areas will be better equipped now to serve the needs of disadvantaged communities- a setback turned into a blessing, Gunasekera noted.



Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

Nightlife is essential without hindrance to other tourists, residents and businesses – Diana Gamage

Published

on

By

Minister of State for Tourism  Diana Gamage acknowledged that events that emanated noise should be conducted within a soundproof environment without causing any inconvenience or disturbance to other tourists who are here to relax, residents of the area and other businesses inasmuch its necessity to boost the economy by generating revenue.

She made this comment speaking at a press conference themed ‘Collective path to a stable country’ at the Presidential Media Centre today (22),

As debates continue regarding the regulation of nightlife, she urged stakeholders to consider the broader economic implications and the vital role that nightlife plays in driving economic activity and sustaining national finances. She further emphasized the importance of providing entertainment options to tourists, particularly in beach areas, which are major attractions for visitors. According to her, nightlife plays a crucial role in catering to the needs of tourists, not only in beach areas but also in urban centres like Colombo. The Minister noted that current regulations often restrict entertainment options, citing examples such as early last orders in hotels and restaurants, which may not align with the preferences of international tourists.

Drawing attention to the diverse origins of tourists, including those from the UK, France, and Germany, the State Minister Diana Gamage emphasized the need for flexibility in entertainment hours to accommodate varying cultural norms and preferences.

As discussions on tourism regulations continue, stakeholders are encouraged to consider the perspectives of tourists and the potential economic benefits of promoting a vibrant nightlife scene. The Minister’s remarks underscore the importance of striking a balance between regulation and the provision of entertainment options to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for visitors to Sri Lanka.

Continue Reading

Latest News

All vocational training institutes in Sri Lanka should be consolidated into a single vocational college – President

Published

on

By

President Ranil Wickremesinghe during an observation tour at the Ratmalana Lalith Athulathmudali Vocational Training Centre, this morning (22) , outlined plans to consolidate all vocational training institutes in Sri Lanka into a single vocational college, offering contemporary subject-related courses.

He said that the restructuring of vocational education was  essential to align with the demands of the modern world, ensuring that the youth of the country are equipped to excel in the competitive global job market.

.

Continue Reading

News

Opposition threatens to move no-faith motion against Speaker over OSB

Published

on

Speaker Abeywardena

By Saman Indrajith

Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premnadasa told Parliament yesterday that the Online Safety Bill had been passed in violation of the law and unless remedial action was taken, a no-faith motion would be brought against Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Premadasa said that Article 123(4) of the Constitution says, “Where any Bill, or the provision of any Bill, has been determined, or is deemed to have been determined, to be inconsistent with the Constitution, such Bill or such provision shall not be passed except in the manner stated in the determination of the Supreme Court.”

Premadasa said: “It is illegal to pass a Bill without adhering to this constitutional provision. There were nine instances where the government overlooked the Supreme Court determination on the Bill. The Speaker allowed that to happen despite our protests. The Justice Minister, too, has admitted that there are flaws in the Act. How could that happen? Rectify them immediately, or we will bring a no-confidence motion against the Speaker.”

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that even if the Supreme Court determined that a section or clause of a draft Bill was inconsistent with the Constitution, a Bill could be passed by Parliament. It could be done with either a two-thirds majority or two-thirds majority plus people’s approval from a referendum. A case cannot be filed against the way the Speaker or an MP behaved in this House as they have immunity. Former Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, too, has given a ruling on this issue and we still consider it as a precedent to be upheld. With regard to the Online Safety Bill, the Attorney General has instructed Public Security Minister Tiran Alles to incorporate some amendments as per the Supreme Court determination and to bring other recommended amendments in the form of a separate Amendment Bill. I was not a party to that discussion. This Amendment Bill was presented to the Cabinet and approval was granted and now is at the Legal Draftsman’s Department. Thereafter, it would be referred to the Cabinet again and with that approval we can have it here in this House for consideration,” the Minister said.

Continue Reading

Trending