Central PC calls for urgent improvments at Kandy Teaching Hospital

By L.B. Senaratne

Central Provincial Council (CPC) Opposition Leader Lucky Jayawardene’s proposal for the urgent improvement of the Kandy Teaching Hospital’s cancer complex was unanimously accepted by the council.

He apprised the council of the congestion in its wards, which caters to patients from six provinces, and hence, the dire need to improve the cancer complex. In response to Mr. Jayawardene’s proposal, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said the President was personally aware of the needs of the Kandy Teaching Hospital, and this was one of the areas that he was focusing upon. He said the proposal was laudable and that he would inform the President accordingly. He said that, as much as the Cancer Wards, the other wards within the Hospital too needs urgent attention for improvement.

The Chief Minister said that additions have been made to the Kidney Transplant and Cardiology Units, and as such, this area too, needs be looked into as soon as possible. He said that he is aware of the conditions within the Cancer wards, and that the services rendered by the Medical staff of the Kandy Teaching Hospital must be commended. CPC Opposition Leader Lucky Jayawardene, while elaborating on the needs of the Cancer wards, said that patients were compelled to share beds, while others were confined to the floor. Hence, he called upon the Chief Minister to take action as early as possible.
Presiding Chairman- A.G. Sirisena said the old paying-wards in the Kandy Hospital should be opened again, as Private Hospitals charged exorbitant fees for treatment. This was unanimously accepted by the Council.

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