Development News from Sri Lanka: Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine recently set the foundation stone for a development initiative to be initiated at De Soysa Hospital for Women at a price of Rs. 250 million.
The four-story building will house an extensive maternity care unit, a maternity ward complex, a doctor and nurse training unit, and a ward complex for women. The hospital has already opened an Rs. 300 million ward complex. This year, Rs. 40 million was assigned to the hospital.
At the stone-laying ceremony of the foundation, Minister Senaratne said no government had constructed a maternal and children’s hospital after independence, but this government had established 12 maternity clinics and 12 children’s hospitals for the individuals under the free health service.
Only this government had assigned the largest health and education fund ever. It’s a future investment, he said.
This year, this state has assigned Rs. 590 million to develop hospitals. A further six-story ward complex is to be built with foreign aid at De Soysa Women’s Hospital. All state hospitals under one scheme are to be built to protect their historic architecture, the minister said.