A surgical High Dependency Unit constructed, furnished and equipped by Ceylinco Life was formally donated to Ward 6A of the Professorial Surgical Unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka(NHSL) last week, as part of the life insurance leader’s continuing commitment to the healthcare sector.
This unit which was donated inresponse to a request made by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo Prof. RohanJayasekara, is equipped with two ICU beds with their own multi parameter monitors, syringe pumps, infusion pumps and suction apparatus, anair purifierand its own oxygen supply and oxygen cylinder bank. It provides intensive post-operative care to patients who undergo complex gastrointestinal, hepato-pancreatico-biliary and other
general surgical procedures.
Speaking at ceremonial opening of the new unit, Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO R Renganathan said: “While we are fortunate that the government provides free healthcare to the citizens ofSri Lanka, it is the duty of corporate entities to contribute to supplement these services. After all, we earn our profits from the citizens of Sri Lanka.”
He said Ceylinco Life as a responsible corporate citizen will continue to contribute to enhance facilities at government hospitals in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Anil Jasingha, Director of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka explained that the High Dependency Unit concept is very useful because it has a two-fold benefit. An HDU is used to upgrade a patient from normal care and as a step down from intensive care, helping release beds in the intensive care units, he said.
Prof. RohanJayasekara thanked Ceylinco Life for funding this project as well as for the support it gave last year to construct a High Dependency & Research Unit at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
Professor Nandadeva Samarasekara, Senior Professor of Surgery and Head of the Surgical Department of the Faculty of Medicine of ColomboUniversity expressed hisgratitude toCeylinco Life for its prompt response to the request for a High Dependency Unit and for its efficiency in completing the project in less than three months. He said the new HDU helpsdeliver intensive care to a group of less privileged people in the country.
This is the second unit of this nature donated by Ceylinco Life to the Professorial Wards of the Faculty of Medicine. In December 2012, the company and a group of well-wishers donated a sophisticated High Dependency & Research Unit exclusively for the treatment of children afflicted by Dengue to the Paediatric Professorial Ward I of the Faculty of Medicine at Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital (LRH).
Sri Lanka’s life insurance leader for the past 10 years, Ceylinco Life is responsible for a series of multi-faceted community programmes conducted annually in many parts of Sri Lanka. The company’s flagship project ‘WaidyaHamuwa’ – a series of free medical camps conducted by
teams of travelling doctors – has directly interacted with, and touched the lives of more than 121,000 people to date.
In the area of education, Ceylinco Life is committed to supporting the development of educational infrastructure for underprivileged schools in rural areas. This consists principally of building classroom blocks for schools and providing water supply facilities to those in need. The company has to date donated classrooms to more than 50 schools under this programme.
(Above) Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO R Renganathan (2nd from right) opening the new High Dependency Unit at the Ward 6A of the Professorial Surgical Unit of the National Hospital in the presence of (from left) Dr. Anil Jasingha, Director of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Prof. RohanJayasekara, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, the matron of Ward 6A and Professor NandadevaSamarasekera, Senior Professor of Surgery and Head of the Surgical Department of the Faculty of Medicine of Colombo University. (Below) the new High Dependency Unit donated by Ceylinco Life.