(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Due to the heavy congestion at the Trincomalee District General Hospital, attention has been drawn to relocate the hospital.
A special discussion on these matters was held at the Ministry of Health Monday under the patronage of Minister of Health Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella.
Several problems have arisen when considering solutions to alleviate the congestion in the hospital such as lack of space in the hospital premises to expand the facilities as well as its present location near the sea.
It was revealed that this is the main hospital in the Trincomalee district and there are several buildings that are over 100 years old and there is not enough space for further construction in the current location.
Meanwhile, under the JICA project, Rs. 2.2 billion has been allocated for the development of the hospital.
Accordingly, discussions were held to construct the new hospital outside the city of Trincomalee but in a location close to the city. More attention was paid to relocate the hospital to the Sardhapura area in Trincomalee.
In addition to District General Hospital there are 04 Base Hospitals, 14 Regional Hospitals and 17 Primary Health Care Units in the Trincomalee District.
Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the project should be started as soon as possible as financial assistance has been allocated for it.
He also said that it would be more appropriate to plan to build this in three phases so that health services could be provided to the people quickly.
Trincomalee District Parliamentarian Kapila Athukorala, Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath, Secretary to the Ministry of Health Major General Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe and Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.