Over 2.5 million patients had been treated at the Colombo National Hospital`s Out Patients Department last year, its Director Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said.
The hospital has performed 80,000 operations out of which 1,004 were major operations, he said.
The total cost of these major operations, if done privately, would have cost patients over Rs. 400 million, he said.
The government annually allocates Rs. 2 billion for the facilities at the hospital.
The Commercial Bank provided modern facilities to upgrade the healthcare services at the ENT Unit, at the National Hospital, at a cost of Rs. 3 million at a ceremony held on Monday.
`The government alone cannot provide all the necessary facilities to develop the hospital. Therefore, active participation by the private sector to improve our service is always welcome,` Dr. Weerasinghe said.
He urged the leading players in the private sector to take a cue and support the hospital to provide a better service.
A beautification project at the hospital is underway to create a soothing environment for the patients and visitors to the hospital, he said.
Currently, 99 percent of the 34 acre hospital land is covered with buildings and structures. The remaining area will be converted in to an eye pleasing environment, he added.
The Colombo National Hospital, which practices the 5S system is the country`s main healthcare institution with 45 operating theatres and 17 intensive care units.