- Published on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:13
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Central Functions Building Complex of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital this morning.
“We believe this facility will help people live healthier lives,” President Rajapaksa said while
thanking the Japanese people for funding the project through this massive donation.
With a new intensive care unit (ICU), a medical laboratory and a unit for cancer patients,
the hospital is well on its way to becoming as fully-equipped as other leading state hospitals around the country. President Rajapaksa said the services of the hospital are not limited only to the people in the Jaffna peninsula and encouraged others in surrounding regions in the north to use the facility to obtain quality healthcare.
As he usually does in Tamil-speaking regions of the country, the President spoke in mixed
Sinhala and Tamil.
“What was destroyed for 30 years, we are now rebuilding again,” the President said as he
asked the medical professionals gathered at the function to work towards protecting this
Speaking about the freedom that is now available, the President said, “The biggest gift we
were able to give is the ability for people to live freely once again. Our most loved treasure
is our children, and there was a time when parents had to hide there children to protect
them. We should all work to protect this freedom.”
Health Minister Maithripla Sirisena, Minister Douglas Devananda, Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Northern Province Governor G.A.Chandrasiri, Presidential Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath, Defence Secreary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Health Ministry Secretary Dr.Nihal Jayatilleke were also present at the occasion.