Galle ambulance driver feated | Daily News

Galle ambulance driver feated

Sudesh Waruna - ( PIcture by Mahinda P. LIyanage)
Sudesh Waruna - ( PIcture by Mahinda P. LIyanage)

Sudesh Waruna, the ambulance driver of the Unawatuna District Hospital, Galle who has taken the largest number of corona patients to treatment centres in the Southern Province has won the “Suwaviru Pranama Award”. In appreciation of his service, he and his family had the opportunity to spend two days at the Cinnamon Beach Hotel in Yala.

Over the past nine months, Dinesh has taken more than 365 patients to hospitals for treatment. The number of victims taken to quarantine centres are 1,200.

“My tenure is six years. In the early days of COVID-19 outbreak, most people did not know whether it would get better or worse. It was on that occasion that I first took the first corona patient to IDH Hospital on March 20. In the nine months since then, I have driven the ambulance more than 50,000 kilo meters. One thousand two hundred were taken to quarantine centres. Three hundred and sixty five corona patients have been taken to hospitals for treatment”

Galle District Health Services Director Priyantha Jeewarathna said that Sudesh worked without fear. “It is not easy to drive for hours wearing safety clothing,” Jeewarante said. “But Sudesh was in the ambulance for hours. He did not go home for a month. He was always ready to go to any place at any time whether it was day or night”.