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PCR machine donated to Ratnapura Teaching Hospital

Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa donated a PCR testing machine to the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital yesterday. Here, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi receiving the mechine on behalf of the Ratnapura Hospital from the Governor.
Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa donated a PCR testing machine to the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital yesterday. Here, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi receiving the mechine on behalf of the Ratnapura Hospital from the Governor.

Fulfilling a much awaited need in curtailing the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in the Ratnapura district, Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa donated a PCR testing machine to the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital yesterday at a cost of Rs.5 million.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi officially received the machine on behalf of the Ratnapura Hospital from the Governor.

The Governor said that the COVID-19 Prevention Committees in the Ratnapura and Kegalle districts have been rendering a great service since the COVID-19 epidemic was detected in Sri Lanka last March. Sabaragamuwa Provincial People's Bank Deputy General Manager Nalin Perera and Provincial Roads Ministry Secretary Chamara Bamunuarachchi have jointly coordinated the acquisition of the PCR machine, which costs Rs.50 million.

Accordingly, the People's Bank has contributed Rs. 1 million while doctors, education authorities, principals and teachers contributed to it along with well-wishers.

Meanwhile, several medical laboratory technicians under the Provincial Council have been temporarily attached to the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital to carry out the PCR testing duties. While speaking on the generosity of Sabaragamuwa people, Health Minister Wanniarachchi said that the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council officials donated Rs. 20 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa towards the COVID-19 Fund last March.

“I thank the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa for providing a PCR machine. In the future, the Ministry of Health will provide two more PCR machines to the Ratnapura and Kegalle Hospitals,” Minister Wanniarachchi said.

"Adequate funding will be provided this year for the development of physical resources required for the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital. We have to live with the COVID-19 pandemic and contain it. The Government does not intend to close the country," she added.

In appreciation of the sacrifices made by all health officials to contain the spread of COVID-19, service evaluation letters will be included in the personal files of those officers.

Ratnapura Teaching Hospital Director Dr. Anuj Rodrigo said two PCR machines were donated to the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital by the Medical Faculty of the Sabaragamuwa University and the Tea Research Institute.