The new Kidney Patient Clinic and the dialysis unit constructed at the Wellawaya Base Hospital at a cost of Rs. 36 million to increase the quality of treatments and clinical services provided to those who are affected by the kidney disease were declared open by President MaithripalaSirisena today (6).
Monaragala District occupies a prominent place among the 11 districts that are prone to kidney disease. Around 1500 patients in 4 Divisional Secretariats in the district have been identified so far and a number of prevention programmes were carried out by the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Kidney Disease during the past week on the side line of the “Let’s Stand Together for the Country” programme conducted in the district.
Accordingly, programmes such as installation of 19 reverse osmosis units at a cost of Rs. 23 million with the capacity to purify 190,000 liters per day for 475,000 families, distribution of chemical-free indigenous rice rations to 1600 low-income families who are affected with the disease, donation of educational equipment to children low-income kidney affected families, provision of new water supply connections to 2250 individuals with a low income and conducting clinics for the early identification of patients were carried out.
President visited the Wellawaya Base Hospital premises today and Kidney Patient Clinic and the dialysis unit vested with the people.
President also officially handed over the related medical equipment to the hospital.
First three patients to the clinic were registered by the President.
President also symbolically handed over benefits to families affected with the kidney disease.
Ministers Gayantha Karunathilleke, Ranjith MaddumaBandara, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri, Member of Parliament Mahinda Amaraweera, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, District Secretary of Monaragala D. S. Padma kulasooriya, Secretary to the Ministry of Health of Uva Provincial Council Anil Wijesiri, Director of the Wellawaya Base Hospital N. A. M. Ranadewa were among the gathering.
Meanwhile, President Sirisena handed over essential medical equipment worth Rs. 10 million to the Moneragala General Hospital.
The donation was made to mark the 40th anniversary of the President’s Fund. The President officially handed over the medical equipment to the Hospital Director R.M.D. Rathnayake.
Secretary of the President’s Fund D.N. Nanayakkara and several others were also present on this occasion.