At a discussion held at Temple Trees yesterday (21) afternoon, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa focused on the success of the initial measures to turn the Kurunegala Provincial General Hospital into a state-of-the-art National Hospital.
As a result, the Prime Minister requested updates from all parties involved on the status of land acquisition, reclamation, and development of the new hospital.
This hospital serves about 10% of the total population, and people from five districts, including Kurunegala and Puttalam, come directly to the hospital for care.
The new hospital will be constructed on the instructions of the Prime Minister with special facilities.
Construction of a separate bus service for patients coming by bus and a bus stand inside the hospital; Construction of a hospital for the first time under an attractive green concept, and providing a high level of services in orthopedics, pediatrics and maternity services as well as being a teaching hospital are among the major facilities to be included in the development of the hospital.
In addition, construction of a fully equipped Bhikku Ward Complex due to the fact that the Kurunegala District has the largest number of temples in the country a direct access from the hospital to the expressway and the railway station are among the developments.
On the instructions of the Prime Minister, political authority including Minister Johnston Fernando, along with the Ministry of Health, the Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Urban Development Authority have drawn up a plan for the construction of the hospital.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the new construction work of the Kurunegala Provincial Hospital should be completed without any hindrance to the existing services.
The Prime Minister instructed that the landfill for the construction of the new hospital is scheduled to be completed within three months through the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation and that the acquisition of the relevant lands should be carried out under the Urban Development Authority..
It was revealed at this discussion that in addition to this hospital, Rs. 602 million has been allocated for the development of regional hospitals in the North Western Province this year – PMO