NECORD's ambulance gift boosts NE Health services
[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 April 2003, 12:09 GMT]
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded North East Community Restoration
and Community Development Project (NECORD) Saturday handed sixteen
ambulances to the provincial ministry of health to upgrade the health
services in the war-torn northeast province.
NECORD Project Director Mr. T.Lankaneson (R) hands over documents related
to ambulances to NE Provincial Health Ministry Secretary Mr.Ratnaike
NECORD Project Director Mr.T.Lankaneson handed the documents related to the
sixteen ambulances to the Provincial Health Ministry Mr.M.S.Ratnaike at a
function held in this regard in Trincomalee Saturday morning.
The ambulances are to be given to
health and medical institutions in seven of the eight districts of the
province as instructed by the NECORD, sources said. The Ampara and Mannar district are to get four each,
Vavuniya district three, Batticaloa district two, Trincomalee, Jaffna and
Killinochchi get one each, provincial health ministry sources said.
Addressing the function, the Chief Secretary of the North East Provincial
Council, Mr.S.Rangarajah, said no visible improvement has been seen in the
development and rehabilitation of the war torn northeast province even
after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.
Ambulances parked at the venue of handing over ceremony
NEPC was not in the forefront of the rehabilitation of the province
earlier. "Now we are already in the field of rehabilitation with the
establishment of ADB funded NECORD and the World Bank funded North East
Integrated Agricultural Project (NEIAP) and North East Emergency
Rehabilitation Project (NEERP)," said Mr.Rangarajah participating as the
chief guest at the event.
The three projects play a vital role in the rehabilitation and development
of the northeast province and these are unique projects. "NECORD is accelerating implemention of several development projects in the
province more than any other agency, the Chief Secretary commended.
(L-R) NE governor's secretary Mr.S.Amirthalingam, Provincial Health
Secretary Mr.Ratnaike, NEPC Chief Secretary Mr. Rangarajah, NECORD Project
Director Mr.Lankaneson, Deputy Chief Secretary (Finance ) Mr.S.mahalingam
The Chief Secretary made a special appeal to officials involved in the
rehabilitation and development in the war torn province to rise to the occasion.
Project Director of the NECORD Mr.T.Lankaneson and Provincial Health
Ministry Secretary Mr.M.S.Ratnaike also spoke. Provincial Director of
health Services of Health Dr.V.Kumaravetpillai proposed vote of thanks.
A fourteen-seater vehicle was handed over to the Provincial Director of Social Welfare Ms N.R.Ranjini to be given to Kaithady Elders Home in
Jaffna district, sources said.