23rd August 2018 14:20:00 Hours
Giving top most priority for health requirements of soldiers serving the Wanni region, the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) gave a new lease of life to the dilapidated and unattended SFHQ-W Field Hospital in the premises and made it once again functional upon directions given by Major General Kumdu Perera, Commander, Security Forces - Wanni (SF-W).
The fully-renovated Field Military Hospital in the Wanni was vested with all Army personnel during a brief ceremony by the Commander, SF-W on Friday (24) in the presence of Senior Officers and Army Medical Officers, Major M.H.U Perera. Major J.A.D.C.H Jayasinghe, Captain K Jayasekara, Captain W.A.D.A.K Rathnasekara and Dental Officer Major D.M.A.S Yapa.
After renovation, over 100 inward patients could be comfortably accommodated and the medical staff has been provided with all new equipment and accessories.
This Field Military Hospital originally established with minimum facilities in 1984 under the 4 Brigade functioned amidst many difficulties for some time during the war, but could not continue with its repairs due to the inflow of many casualties following battlefield operations.
The renovation was a result of an inspection tour carried out in Wanni Headquarters premises on 1 January 2018. The total renovation was spearheaded by the Brigadier Admin and Quartering (BAQ), Wanni, Brigadier Ranjan Premalal. And the construction work of the Hospital was carried out by troops of 2 Engineer Services Regiment under the directions of its Officer Commanding - 22 Engineers Squadron Major W. C Dheshapriya.
Troops representing 26 Sri Lanka Light Infantry, 7, 16, 20, 26 and 17 (V) Battalions of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, 11 Gemunu Watch, 24, 5(V) Battalions of Gajaba Regiment, together with 17 (V) Battalion of Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment contributed to the project.
Brigadier General Staff SFHQ-W, Brigadier Kumar Jayapathirana, BAQ, Brigadier Ranjan Premalal along with several Senior Officers, staff members of the Field Military Hospital and a large gathering of Army personnel attended its re-opening ceremony.