Rs. 4,500 million: Opening of Medical Rehabilitation, Mental Health Development Center at Mangulam

President Ranil Wickramasinghe said that he is happy that as the President of the country, he has been able to hand over to the people the projects that he initiated in 2017 to improve the health service in the Northern Province.


Noting that the Northern Province has got health facilities with modern hospitals, the President also said that his aim is to develop the health service of the North as a province with advanced health services like the Western Province.

This was mentioned by President Ranil Wickremesinghe who attended the inauguration of the Medical Rehabilitation Treatment and Mental Health Development Center at Mankulam Aadar Hospital today (26).

The medical treatment center has been constructed at a cost of Rs 4,500 million with the support of the Government of the Netherlands.

It is the largest medical rehabilitation treatment and mental health development center in the Northern Province and has a psychiatric rehabilitation unit, emergency unit, surgery unit, laboratory, radiology unit, outpatient unit and intensive care unit.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe also presented a commemorative gift to the Dutch ambassador Boni Hoback.

Commenting further, President Ranil Wickremesinghe added,

The background of this medical unit should be mentioned while opening it today. After the end of the war in 2009, the then government started basic works to restore the services that were disrupted in the Northern Province due to the war.

With the completion of the first phase, the implementation of the second phase is necessary for the progress of all these sectors. Accordingly, I discussed with the Government of the Netherlands as the Prime Minister to establish new medical units for the development of the health sector in the Northern Province. The Minister of Health and the former Chief Minister who were in the North Provincial Council at that time were involved in these activities.

Before the war, Jaffna had the best health care after Colombo. As the Upper Province developed, the Southern Province and the Central Province developed.

My aim is to bring the Northern Province back to that level. That is why special attention is paid to these hospitals and they are developed.

Also, in 2017, I allocated money as the Prime Minister for the establishment of a Faculty of Medicine in the University of Jaffna and for the construction of the required building. Today I had the opportunity to attend this opening ceremony. I directed that these works should be completed immediately after taking office as President. Now there are modern hospitals in Northern Province.

We decided to make Jaffna Hospital a national hospital. Also Mannar Hospital will be developed while Vavunia Hospital will be converted into a teaching hospital and a Faculty of Medicine will be provided to Vavunia University. It is worth mentioning that Mankulam Hospital is the only hospital after Ragama Hospital to have these modern machines.

Ragama Hospital was established to treat war maimed and mentally challenged. We have taken steps to provide a modern hospital like Ragama Hospital to the war affected people of this region.

The equipment in 04 hospital units constructed in Northern Province is not available in many hospitals in Sri Lanka.

These devices must be protected. Hospital administration and hospital management should make efforts for that. Cuba is a leader in health services due to the excellent level of hospital administration and management. Therefore, efforts should be made to bring the hospital administration and management to a higher level.

Funding can also be obtained from World Health Organization and Asian Development Fund for this. The President also said that through all these activities, we expect to establish reliable healthcare services in the country.

Qader Mastan, Minister of State for Rural Economy,

The medical rehabilitation treatment and mental health development center constructed at Mankulam Hospital at a cost of four thousand five hundred million rupees with the financial assistance of the Netherlands Government is a great help in improving the health facilities of the people of this region.

We express our gratitude to the Dutch government and President Ranil Wickramasinghe for providing such facilities to the war affected people.
When the country was facing many challenges, the President fearlessly came forward and took charge of the country to free it from those challenges. I hope people have not forgotten what this country was like back then. The President dedicated himself to freeing the country from that situation. The people of this country are enjoying its benefits today.

Northern Governor B.S.M. Charles,

Today is the third day that President Ranil Wickremesinghe will spend in Northern Province. I would like to express my gratitude for visiting the northern region for these three days and seeing the problems faced by the people and trying to find solutions for them.

The Medical Rehabilitation Treatment and Mental Development Center to be inaugurated by him today is the third hospital to be opened under the ‘DRIVE’ programme. It is sure to become a milestone in the Northern Health Service. The project became a reality because of the interest, commitment and motivation of the President. In 2016, when President Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister of the Nallakshi government, he had given this scheme to the Northern Province.

Thanking the President for taking steps to establish the Medical Rehabilitation Treatment and Mental Health Development Center which was inaugurated today at Mankulam Hospital and thereby revolutionized the healthcare sector. It is noteworthy that the President is paying attention not only to the health sector but also to all other sectors.

Member of Parliament S. Nogarathalingam,

Hospitals in this area are not well equipped. Today I express my gratitude to the President for taking steps to establish this medical rehabilitation treatment and mental health development center. Also, if necessary facilities are provided to my hospitals, the people of the area will be fully benefited. The President said that he will inform the relevant authorities in this regard.

Member of Parliament Selvam Adhikalanathan,

This division is the biggest boon for this Vanni district. I am thankful to all those who have tried for this, especially our President Ranil Wickramasinghe. We have got this as a great resource for the Northern Province. This resource must be continuously maintained. We all have to cooperate for that. I request the President that you provide all the necessary resources to make this hospital run smoothly.

Member of Parliament Selvam Adhikalanathan and Provincial People’s Representatives and Dutch Ambassador to Sri Lanka Boni Hoback and others attended the event.


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