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Dialog Axiata gives Rs200mn to expand ICUs in Sri Lanka hospitals

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata said it is giving 200 million rupees to expand intensive care capacity in Sri Lanka’s hospitals as the country is aggressively tracing contacts to battle a Coronavirus crisis

Sri Lanka has less than 500 ventilator equipped intensive care beds at all hospitals.

Late stage Coronavirus patients experience lung damage and pneumonia needing ventilators (mechanical breathing support) and suctioning of fluids as well as stabilizing of heart and kidney functions.

“As the ICUs that will be developed through this initiative can be utilised in the long-term, this will not only support to treat COVID-19, but will also advance the country’s critical care capacities to a higher level,” Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We hope this donation by Dialog sets a precedent for corporate Sri Lanka to rise to the occasion and support us in our national healthcare efforts,” Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medical Services was quoted as saying in the statement.

Sri Lanka has been aggressively contact tracing to keep down Coronavirus numbers.

“We are immensely grateful to the Government for their wide-scale efforts in mitigating the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and to all those in the frontlines, willing to sacrifice their own safety and wellbeing …to overcome this pandemic,” Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata said.

“We are thankful to over 15 million of our customers for enabling this initiative and giving us the strength to help Sri Lanka through this crisis.” (Colombo/Apr27/2020)

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