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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (20) laid the foundation stone for a Nursing Faculty affiliated with the University of Colombo at Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital premises.

This Faculty of Nursing, established with an investment of Rs 14.5 billion, will contribute to creating graduate nurses with knowledge, attitudes and skills required for future. The new building complex will be built for the faculty with 17 floors. This modern facility can accommodate approximately, 2,000 student nurses at once.

The hostel facilities for the nursing students will be built at the premises of the Colombo East Base Hospital and it will comprise of all the facilities including sports, swimming pools and gyms.

The Nursing Faculty which has been a long-standing requirement. However, it could be made a reality with the guidance provided by President Maithripala Sirisena, who ensured that funds were allocated in Budget 2016 for establishing this faculty.

The unit will aim to create graduates of health services such as nurses, who meet the international industry standards, and are employable globally.

The President unveiled the plaque of the commencement of construction work of the Nursing Faculty.

A felicitation memento was presented to the President in recognition of his great service for the development of the field of nursing.

Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Lakshman Kiriella, Deputy Minister Faizal Cassim, Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe, Mr. Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary to the Ministry of Health, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Professor Lakshman Dissanayake, the President of Government Nursing Officers’ Association, Saman Rathnapriya and others participated in this event.

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