An uninterrupted supply of life-saving oxygen is now reaching nearly 300 beds at the Matale District General Hospital, thanks to a community initiative of Ceylinco Life.
Sri Lanka’s life insurance market leader has invested Rs 12.3 million to build a pipe network that connects the hospital’s central oxygen concentrator with the wards, eliminating the cumbersome, time-consuming and costly practice of re-filling cylinders and transporting them to wards across the 22-acre compound.
As a result of this project, the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and other wards are now self-sufficient in oxygen, leading to a significant improvement in the quality of treatment, while the hospital’s oxygen concentrator is expected to reach maximum utilization.
Ceylinco Life also presented essential medicines to the value worth over Rs 500,000 at the ceremony at which the new oxygen distribution system was formally handed over to the hospital.
Speaking at a ceremony, Ceylinco Life Chairman Mr R. Renganathan said: “Our company has always shared its success with its stakeholders. The general public is one such stakeholder. Sri Lanka has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, and any citizen can seek medical care free of charge. Naturally, there are cost implications and challenges. We are aware that many hospitals do not have every item of equipment that they need. Ceylinco Life has made numerous contributions over the years to the Government healthcare system as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.”
Thanking Ceylinco Life for its generous contributions to the Matale District General Hospital, the hospital’s Director Dr A. G. M. M. Dharmadasa emphasised the importance of treatment at the “golden hour” for patients, and elaborated on how this initiative will enable the hospital to provide better treatment to patients in a critical condition.
Among Ceylinco Life’s many contributions to the state healthcare sector are the donation of purpose-built and fully-equipped High Dependency Units (HDUs) to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, the National Hospital, Colombo, the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and the Kandy Teaching Hospital. HDUs are needed to upgrade a patient from normal care or as a step down from intensive care, helping release beds in the intensive care units. These units are used for post-surgery care, before transferring patients to the wards, or to treat an intensive disease.
Matale Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in Sri Lanka, was established in 1847 near Fort McDowell by the British Army for its use. Today, it is the main hospital for Matale’s 530,000 (2021) residents and those in surrounding villages bordering Kandy, Kurunegala and Dambulla. The hospital admits 7000 patients monthly, and treats about 500 patients at its clinics and provides OPD services to between 900 and 1,000 patients per day.
Adjudged Sri Lanka’s ‘Brand of the Year’ and ‘Service Brand of the Year’ by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and ‘Best Life Insurer in Sri Lanka’ by World Finance for the ninth consecutive year in 2022, Ceylinco Life was conferred the ‘Peoples Life Insurance Service Provider of the Year’ title at 2023 SLIM Kantar Peoples Awards for the 17th consecutive year, and was recently named one of the 10 Most Admired Companies in Sri Lanka. Ceylinco Life has been the country’s leading life insurer for more than half of the 35 years it has been in existence. The Company was also ranked the ‘Most Valuable Insurance Brand in Sri Lanka’ across both life and general insurance categories by Brand Finance in 2023 and certified a ‘Great Workplace’ in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year in 2022. Ceylinco Life has close to a million lives covered by active policies and provides innovative life insurance solutions which offer protection while de-risking the goals and ambitions of the Company’s policyholders.