President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka has been acknowledged as a country which has been freed from Malaria, elephantiasis and polio in its task to produce healthy people. He said the current government has plans to win future challenges in the health sector.
The President was speaking at a ceremony to open the newly built cardiac and thoracic unit of the Cooperative Hospital of Galle today (Jan. 02).
He stated that the government is aware of the health problems caused by tourists.
“Decreasing the price of the drugs by passing the drug act in the Parliament is a victory achieved by the government for the health sector”, he said. He commended the contribution being made by the public sector as well as private sector to strengthen the health service in the country.
“The responsibility to strengthen the health service in the western medicine as well as in the indigenous medicine will be fulfilled according to the government policies”, he said.
He also emphasized that the government will fulfill its responsibilities to its best to eradicate Dengue.
The President opened the cardiac and thoracic unit unveiling the plaque and later he made an inspection tour of the unit.
This surgical unit has been opened to mark the 55th Anniversary of the Galle Co-operative Hospital.
The President also presented mementos to the members of the staff of the Hospital who completed a 20 year service period.
Ministers Vajira Abeywardena, Gayantha Karunathilaka, Chandima Weerakkody, Governor of the Southern Province, Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Southern Province Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, U.G.D. Ariyathilaka, the Chairman of the Southern Province Association of the Co-operative Hospitals, A.D.G. Sarathchandra and many others participated in this event.