Strengthening the Government’s programme to develop the infrastructure required to treat COVID 19 contracted individuals, Sri Lanka Navy sprang into action to establish an intermediate care centre for COVID 19 in Gampaha, on 02nd May 2021.
Responding to a request made by the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka Navy, under the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, promptly came forward to shoulder this task. Accordingly, a closed factory in Werellawatta area, Gampaha is being converted as an intermediate care centre for COVID 19, utilizing manpower and technological expertise enabled by the Navy. A group of Civil and Electrical Engineering naval personnel has been attached for this special project, to see its completion at full tilt.
In the meantime, infrastructure will be developed to accommodate up to 2000 beds, taking into consideration the space available at this stand-in treatment centre.
Also, Working in line with the Government’s efforts to expand facilities required to treat COVID 19 contracted individuals, Sri Lanka Navy established an Intermediate Care Centre for COVID 19 with 162 beds, at the Boossa naval base in Galle on 04th May 2021.
Considering the need of the hour, the Navy turned a four storied building used for recruit training at the Boossa naval base, to an intermediate care centre for COVID 19. The Intermediate Care Centre consists of 12 wards with 150 beds as well as a High Dependency Unit (HDU) with 12 beds. Further, the Navy has attached a medical staff including 02 doctors for this dedicated care centre for which COVID patients were admitted commencing from 04th May 2021.