Singapore Airlines (SIA) recently celebrated 40 years of operation in Colombo by improving facilities at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children.
SIA, in consultation with Dr Jeevani Sarathchandra, the Consultant Paediatrician of Lady Ridgeway Hospital, donated an air conditioning unit for the emergency room in Ward 3, of the hospital. The company also donated paints to give a face lift to cot-bed at the hospital and staff and management lent a hand in painting the cot-beds.
SIA started its operations in Sri Lanka in 1970 with twice-weekly Colombo-Singapore services. The airline was then called Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. “The year 2010 marked the 40th year of SIA operations in Colombo, where new A330 services were introduced to Sri Lanka earlier in May this year. To further commemorate this milestone of 40 years, SIA staff in the Colombo office decided to give something back to society. A Corporate Social Responsibility project in aid of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo was hence adopted,” said the company in a statement.
The SIA project came at a time when the hospital is in need of improvements to better cope with rising dengue fever among children.
The Lady Ridgeway Hospital is regarded as the best paediatric hospital in the island. It is the only hospital in the country which specialises in providing medical and surgical care to minors under the age of 12.