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Health Minister Aims to Make Jayewardenepura General Hospital Leading Tertiary Healthcare Provider in South Asia by 2030

June 28, Colombo (LNW): Health Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana has invited all staff of Jayewardenepura General Hospital and trade unions to collaborate in making the hospital the leading tertiary healthcare provider in South Asia by 2030.

A special discussion on the future development of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital was held yesterday (27) at the Health Ministry under the Minister’s patronage. The meeting focused on the needs of all staff, including specialists, doctors, and nurses, the treatment services provided by the hospital, the introduction of new treatment services, the efficiency of specialist medical services, and the transportation needs of patients.

The Minister advised officials to implement services promptly and efficiently, prioritizing these needs. He also emphasized making correct decisions and maintaining the hospital as a quality and efficient institution.

The Health Minister was informed that the hospital staff, under the leadership of the current Chairman, Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma, aim to provide effective health services to the country.

Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, which opened on September 17, 1984, with a 1,001-bed capacity, is a donation from the Japanese government. Built according to Japanese architecture, it was the largest fully equipped hospital in Asia at the time, valued at US$ 850 million. Currently, the hospital has a staff strength of 1,800.

State Minister of Health Seetha Arambepola, Health Secretary Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Additional Secretaries Sunil De Alwis and Sunil Galagama, Chairman Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma, Director Dr. Ratnasiri Hewage, and other staff members attended the meeting.

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