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Sri Lanka’s Negombo hospital ICU upgrade started by Dialog Axiata

ECONOMYNEXT – Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s largest mobile operator said it had begun expanding the intensive care unit of Negombo hospital under a 200 million rupee program to boost the country’s state healthcare system.

Dialog said civil construction of a medical and surgical ICU had begun which will increase the capacity from the current 4 beds to 10 beds with equipment. Treatment at Sri Lanka’s state hospitals are free for anyone that walks in.

“An intensive care unit is a direct lifesaving centre,” LakKumar Fernando, Consultant Paediatrician, Negombo General Hospital said.

“When someone has trouble breathing or has heart failure or similar critical life-threatening issue, an intensive care unit and specialized equipment such as artificial respiratory equipment are needed to let them live until the body is restored with other medicine.

“We are making a big difference in the lives of people with the help of an intensive care unit, and for that we are grateful for Dialog for augmenting our critical care facilities and enabling us to do more and save more lives in the process.”

The expansion of the ICU will increase the chances of survival of critically ill patients admitted to Negombo hospital, reduce the pressure on medical staff treating patient with serious illnesses and help train post-graduate doctors in intensive care, the firm said.

“Negombo District General Hospital has been designated as a specialist hospital by the Ministry of Health to combat COVID-19,” Nihal Weerasuriya, Director of the Negombo District General Hospital said in a statement.

“However, the ICU is currently housed in a small 4-bed area. I believe we will do an even greater service to our people in the long term with this immediate renovation, expansion and upgrading of the ICU.”

Dialog has pledged 200 million rupees to expand ICU capacity in hospital designated by Sri Lanka’s ministry of health to treat Coronavirus patients.

..[A]s a first step, we are pleased to commence the immediate civil reconstruction of the ICU facilities at the Negombo District General Hospital to support health care providers with their direct lifesaving activities,” Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata said.

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Sri Lanka only has about 500 ICU beds and mechanical ventilation in the total healthcare system. (Colombo/May04/2020)

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