His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the new Military Hospital today morning (5th May) at a ceremony held at the Military Hospital premises in Narahenpita, at the invitation of the Commander of the Army .
The hospital could accommodate over thousand patients per day at the OPD and has a 1024 bed in-house facility.The ten storied hospital building comprises 20 Wards and consists 12 dental units, surgical theatres, MRI scanning , modular operation theatres, Pathology Laboratory, radiology Unit, Dermatology Unit, medical air and Nurses calling facilities, labour room , canteen and auditorium with 314 seats for lectures.
The members of the Army and their family members will have the opportunity to receive treatment from this hospital and is also open for the members of the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air force. In addition retired Army personnel and their family members will also have the opportunity to receive treatment. More than 30,000 members of the Security Forces were disabled during the Humanitarian operation.
The construction of this hospital was entirely carried out by the Engineering Services Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. Funds for the purchase of drugs and medical equipment of military hospitals were allocated by the Ministry of Defence. The cost of the construction of the Hospital is around Rs 6.5 billion.
Minister of Health, Deputy Minister of Health, Governors for Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, Western Province Chief Minister Mr Prasanna Ranatunge, Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr Nihal Jayatillake, Secretary to Ministry of Law and Order Major General (Retd) Nanda Mallawarachchi, Chief of Defence Staff, Navy and Air Force Commanders, former Commanders, senior officers and a large gathering of invitees, were present at the opening ceremony.