Ceylinco Life has undertaken to build and equip a surgical High Dependency Unit for Ward 6A of the Professorial Surgical Unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) as a CSR initiative.
The unit will provide intensive post-operative care to patients who undergo complex gastrointestinal, hepato-pancreatico-biliary and other general surgical procedures.
The need for such a unit has arisen as a result of the demand for beds at the six-bed surgical ICU of the National Hospital, which caters to patients from general and other surgical specialties and units. Ceylinco Lifeâ€™s response followed a request made by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Colombo Prof. Rohan Jayasekara to the company.
The dedicated surgical high dependency unit to be constructed and donated by Ceylinco Life will have two ICU beds with their own multi parameter monitors, syringe pumps, infusion pumps and suction apparatus, and its own oxygen supply and oxygen cylinder bank. The company will also bear the cost of structural changes required to isolate an area within the ward for the new unit and to ensure its sterility.
An agreement covering the undertaking by Ceylinco Life was signed recently by the companyâ€™s Director/Deputy CEO Thushara Ranasinghe and Prof. Jayasekara. The new High Dependency Unit is expected to be completed and handed over in December this year.
â€œIt is our hope that this unit will contribute to a significant improvement in the quality of post-operative care at this ward, while easing some of the pressure on the National Hospitalâ€™s Surgical ICU,â€ Mr. Ranasinghe said. â€œAs a company that has a close and long term engagement with the community, Ceylinco Life feels privileged to be able to help.â€
This is the second unit of this nature donated by Ceylinco Life to the Professorial Ward of the Faculty of Medicine in the past one year. 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 Childrenâ€™s Hospital (LRH).
Sri Lankaâ€™s life insurance leader for the past nine years,