New surgical unit commissioned in Trinco general hospital
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 April 2004, 09:57 GMT]
A modern surgical unit installed with central air-conditioning plant constructed at a cost 7.7 million rupees in the Trincomalee General Hospital was commissioned Tuesday by the NEPC Health Ministry Mr.R.M.S.Ratnayake. This was the first time in the northeast province a hospital that comes under the provincial ministry of health
was provided with such facility, provincial health officials said.
|( L-R ) Trincomalee GH Medical Supdt Dr ( Mrs ) Gnangunalan and Provincial Health Ministry Secretary Mr.R.M.S.Ratnayake seen inspecting the new ward
Trincomalee GH Medical Superintendent Dr (Mrs.) P.Gnangunalan said at the
event that the commissioning of the surgical unit with central
air-conditioning plant covering Intensive Care Unit and Special ward for
Baby Care Unit was a milestone in the development of the Trinco GH and
would provide better medical facilities to the people.
Provincial Director of Health Services Dr.V.Kumaravetpillai said
Trincomalee GH was provided with air-conditioning facilities with the
assistance of Italian government ten years ago .The hospital suffered when the air-conditioning plant broke down.
Now the hospital has been provided with a modern central air-conditioning
"Base hospitals in Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Mannar have been upgraded to
general hospitals. However, these medical institutions are called general
hospitals only in name. But they have not been provided with modern
facilities and other resources that are needed to provide the services expected from general hospitals," said
Deputy Provincial Director of Health Services Dr.S.Abraham said that he applauded the provincial
health ministry for their part in supporting this hospital.
Provincial Ministry Secretary Mr.R.M.S.Ratnayake said earlier because of
frequent breakdown of the AC system in the hospital surgeons, consultants
and medical officers found it difficult to provide better medical attention to patients. With the installation of new modern AC system
medical staff would be in a position to provide better services to patients, he said.
Trincomalee GH faces many more problems such as shortage of quarters for
medical officers and other medical requirements. These needs could be
addressed in future with the assistance of the Sri Lanka government, Asian
Development Bank and World Bank, Mr. Ratnayake said.
NE Provincial Health Ministry Secretary Mr.R.M.S.Ratnayake ( extreme right) seen in the new operating theatre having discussion with Provincial Director of Health Services Dr.Kumaravetpillai, DPDHS Dr.Abraham and Trinco GH Medical Superintendent Dr.( Mrs ) Gnanagunalan