17th July 2020 19:32:44 Hours
The well-equipped state-of-the-art new Kilinochchi Army Base Hospital with 75-beds in the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) premises, dedicated for the best health of serving members of the Security Forces became functional from today (17) after Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID 19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, vested it in the troops during a simple ceremony.
The new Army Base Hospital comprises an OPD medical section, emergency unit, surgery unit, laboratory, document section, dispensary, pharmacy, isolation ward, female ward, medical store, officers’ ward, etc and was built by 11 Corps of Engineer Services troops within a matter of 4 months on the instructions of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva in close coordination with SFHQ-KLN troops, commanded by Major General Jayantha Gunaratne, Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi. The new hospital cost Rs 26.9 million.
The day’s opening ceremony, adhering to strict health guidelines, got underway soon after the arrival of the day’s Chief Guest, Commander of the Army who was greeted to a drive-pass Guard Turnout, presented by 3 Gajaba Regiment troops at the entrance to the new hospital premises after Major General Jayantha Gunaratne warmly received the visiting Army Chief.
Amid religious blessings, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the request of the Kilinochchi Commander afterwards unveiled a plaque, cut a ribbon and formally declared open the new Army Base Hospital. Taking a close look around, the day’s Chief Guest, together with accompanying Senior Officers went to see each and every section and shared a couple of views with several section heads available on hand.
The hospital is to be manned by a medical staff of 72 personnel, including doctors and is to be shortly equipped with a separate Department of Physical Medicine (DPM) unit and a Public Health Inspector (PHI) section. The day’s Chief Guest after a while added memories to his visit by planting a sapling in the premises and posing for a group photo in front of the new hospital.
As has been the practice, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva took time off to share a couple of views with the troops, delivering an address to the occasion at ‘Nelum Piyasa’ auditorium.
“To recapitulate briefly, troops must remember the sacrifices that have been made by our valiant War Heroes to secure the entire Kilinochchi region from the grips of LTTE terrorism before May 2009 at the expense of so many precious lives. Today, you all are dedicated to the service of the country as well as the people of Kilinochchi by working towards peace, harmony and well-being of the people in the region. Remember that many northerners are very supportive of our projects that would improve their living standards and work for betterment of helpless lives and community projects”.
“The new hospital is an extension of welfare relief, being provided to hardworking troops of our armed forces. Those health facilities are also now open to our sister service, airmen serving Kilinochchi region. You must take care of this new place and use it for your medical requirements since those facilities have now turned up on your doorstep”.
Commenting on COVID-19 epidemic, the visiting Commander of the Army told the gathering that the Army, like in many other areas, has the pride of running the most number of Quarantine Centres in the country undertaking the challenge of this task at the request of HE the President.
“It is our bounden duty to take all preventive measures against the transmission of this pandemic among us as the most disciplined members of the Security Forces. That is why the Army was able to manage the situation with all precautions. I expect all of you to continue this alertness to the virus and behave accordingly in line with health guidelines, already issued to you,” Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva added.
Towards the end of his speech, Major General Jayantha Gunaratne expressed the gratitude of his troops to the day’s protagonist by presenting a special memento. The proceedings culminated with the day’s Chief Guest leaving his compliments in the visitors’ book.
Commander, Forward Maintenance Area, General Officers Commanding, Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers, Senior Officers and Officers were associated with the Commander’s itinerary in Kilinochchi.