Dialog Axiata pledges Rs.200mn for ICU development

From left: Dr. Sunil De Alwis – Additional Secretary (Medical Services) Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, Bhadrani Jayawardena –Secretary, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, Pavithra Wanniarachchi – Minister of Health, Supun Weerasinghe – Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC, Dr. Anil Jasinghe – Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services and Amali Nanayakkara – Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC

Dialog Axiata PLC, pledged Rs.200 million for urgently required ICU capacity development in hospitals selected by the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

This will be utilised for expanding healthcare systems to provide critical care services and provide accessibility to intensive care for patients. 

There is an ever-increasing requirement to expand the national intensive care capacities representing the highest level of patient care and treatment. 

Dialog Axiata pledged Rs.200 million towards augmenting intensive care facilities, providing state-of-the-art medical equipment, 

and enhancing ICU capacity in Sri Lanka that would not only serve to treat COVID-19 but will also continue to support all other patients who require intensive care treatment, post 
COVID pandemic.

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dialog Axiata, for pledging this mammoth amount towards this national cause,” Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

“We hope this donation by Dialog sets a precedent for the corporate of Sri Lanka to rise to the occasion and support us in our national healthcare efforts,” she added.

Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe commended Dialog Axiata for the donation as the ICUs that will be developed through this initiative could be utilised in the long-term while advancing the country’s critical care capacities to a higher level.

Dialog Axiata Group CEO Supun Weerasinghe said, “We are immensely grateful to the government for their wide-scale efforts in mitigating the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and to all those in the frontlines, willing to sacrifice their own safety and wellbeing during this unprecedented time to forge ahead and get Sri Lanka to overcome this pandemic.”

“We are thankful to over 15 million of our customers for enabling this initiative and giving us the strength to help Sri Lanka through this crisis,” he added.

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