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President Maithripala pledges to further strengthen free health service

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said free health service will be further strengthened under this government with new facilities required to provide state health service without any shortages.

Speaking at a ceremony to open the new building at the National Dental Hospital and to lay the foundation stone for another building for the hospital on Tuesday (Jan. 31), President Sirisena said few hospitals being constructed to strengthen the free health service will be vested with people near future.

“The government will provide all required facilities for the health sector to protect the lives of the people,” the President said. He said that two new hospitals will be set up in Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota.

Commending the service rendered by the employees in the health sector, the President noted that the lack of specialist doctors and nurses has been a critical issue. He mentioned that there are challenges in the system to appoint new doctors to the hospitals and the government is taking measures to resolve the issue.

The President said a new program for eradication of Dengue in addition to the existing dengue prevention programs will be introduced and requested the assistance from all citizens in the country to make the program a success.

Recalling that some individuals did not allow him to implement some programs for the progress of the health sector during his tenure as the Health Minister, the President totally rejected the rumors alleging that he influences over the new doctors’ appointments to the hospital.

“I have given the freedom and made an environment to my ministers so that they can provide better service to the people. They can work without any disturbance form unwanted interferences,” he said.


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