e Dehiathakandiya Division of the Ampara District. It was formally handed over by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Regional Director of Health Services, Ampara, Dr. Senaka Talagala in the presence of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. According to Dr. Talagala, the Dehiathakandiya area has been identified by the Ministry of Health as an area affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). At present, around 350 new patients have been registered in this area. The Base Hospital at Dehiathakandiya currently provides treatment to patients suffering from CKD. However, considering the large number of patients reported in the adjoining Lihiniyagama area, a Primary Medical Care Unit has been established at the Lihiniyagama Hospital to provide relief to these new patients. President Sirisena appreciated and welcomed the donation of this ambulance especially since a large number of CKD patients were reported from the Dehiathakandiya Division in recent times. Regional Director of Health Services, Ampara Dr. Senaka Talagala together with Dr. Tilak Rajapakse received the ambulance on behalf of the hospital. Speaking at the handing over ceremony Lanka IOC Managing Director Subodh Dakwale said, “As a socially responsible corporate citizen, Lanka IOC believes that the profitable growth of a company depends on the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the communities across the island nation. Our CSR initiatives stem from this simple yet strong belief and regular initiatives are being taken by the company in this direction.” “It is with this in mind that we are pursuing and nurturing our CSR program under the theme ‘We Care’, which led to our decision to donate this ambulance to the newly-developed Primary Medical Care Unit at Lihiniyagama. This will greatly help to provide speedy and timely treatment to the large number of CKD patients in this area. An ambulance was an urgent requirement and I am happy that Lanka IOC was given the opportunity to come forward and be of assistance,” he added. Sinha said that the Government of India and many Indian companies in Sri Lanka have been providing many services to the community especially in the health sector. “The donation of this ambulance by Lanka IOC PLC is one such activity and I believe that this will be of immense help to the affected community in that area,” he said. He added that with the donation of modern facilities to the Glencairn Hospital in Dickoya, the hospital would commence OPD functions in the near future. The High Commissioner affirmed that the Government of India had many more health projects lined up for the people of Sri Lanka. Also present at the handing over ceremony were Independent Directors and Senior Officials of Lanka IOC and Government officials.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
(PRESS RELEASE) – In a groundbreaking initiative, the country’s very first fully fledged free pre-hospital care ambulance service numbering a collective of 88 state of the art fully equipped vehicles was flagged off at Galle Face Green. To be operated initially in the Southern province with the service rolled out into the Western Province within a fortnight, the ambulance service is trailblazing on many fronts. Under the direct intervention of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, this is the first time India has presented an outright grant of US $7.6 Mn to Sri Lanka to uplift and improve medical facilities in the country on this front. This expounds the depth and scope of the world class ambulances as well as the training and development extended to Sri Lankans in ensuring that best possible care is extended to patients. Through this initiative, over 550 Sri Lankans are being given employment including 250 EMTs who were trained in India as per stringent standards expected of this care. In addition, 250 pilots and 50 Call Center Operators have been trained and equipped with knowhow and competencies in managing and administering emergency care. This extent of knowledge transfer, which includes US paramedic certifications and a state of the art Command and Control Center located in Rajagiriya, is another first etched in the country’s medical annals.