Dialog Axiata Donation Meets Essential Oxygen Requirements at Hospitals in Kalutara District
August 29, 2021 Colombo
Left to right: Dr.Prasad Liyanage - Regional Epidemiologist, Dr.Sumal Nandasena - Consultant Community Physician, Dr.Gihan Fernando – Coordinator, Dr.Udaya I. Ratnayake - Regional Director of Health, Mr.Prasanna Janaka - District Secretariat, Mangala Atapattu - Senior Regional Manager DAP
As part of its ongoing efforts to support national endeavours to mitigate the pandemic, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, donated 50 urgently required medical-grade Oxygen cylinders with a capacity of 47L to the hospitals in Kalutara district, as selected by Office of the Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) - Kalutara.
Through this initiative, 7 hospitals, namely Panadura Base Hospital, Horana Base Hospital, Pimbura Base Hospital, Bandaragama District Hospital, Matugama District Hospital, Ingiriya Divisional Hospital and Halthota Divisional Hospital, will receive urgently required medical-grade Oxygen necessities to treat critical COVID-19 patients. This donation follows a multitude of similar projects by Dialog to empower the national health care efforts during the pandemic, including its latest pledge to enhance urgently required critical care infrastructure in 18 hospitals selected by the Ministry of Health.
Commenting, Dr. Udaya l. Ratnayake, RDHS Kalutara said, “Currently, over 1,100 COVID-positive patients are managed in the hospitals under the RDHS - Kalutara. Some of these hospitals are the only source of health services accessible by certain marginalised populations and underserved communities, and the number of the patients depending on oxygen increases day by day. Oxygen support to the patients has become a critical factor in saving lives and we are grateful to Dialog for donating these urgently required oxygen cylinders during this challenging period. RDHS has taken necessary measures to distribute these oxygen cylinders to the hospitals with greatest need”.