Jagath Abeysinghe, President of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society accompanied by Chairman of Red Cross Task Force Tissa Abeywickrama, and team of officers made a progress review tour of projects currently underway in Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee.
Several projects launched by the Red Cross in these districts are in progress including the construction of a new three story building complex at Polonnaruva general hospital which includes an outpatient department, X-ray room, clinics dispensaries, an auditorium and administration area is nearing completion. This project which commenced in August 2008, initiated by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society is funded by the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) at a cost of 366 million rupees for the construction and Rs. 50 million for the required medical equipment technical assistance provided by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The tour also included a visit to the Nurses quarters complex comprises 24 units for bachelors and 6 family units for doctors, 19 bachelors and 4 family units for Para medical staff and 40 units for nurses of the Kantale base hospital in Trincomale District. The complex costing over 250 million rupees in addition to essential medical equipment costing Rs.67 million, all funded by the Japanese Red Cross was handed over in August 2008.
Mr. Abeysinghe and team met the MOH for a follow up discussion.
Later the Red Cross team visited a housing projects that was handed over to tsunami affected families by the Red Cross in Trincomalee district. This construction progarmme of 1820 houses in 4 projects funded by the Japanese Red Cross and 1920 homes in three projects funded by Austrian/ Swiss Red Cross was completed at a total cost of over Rs.1089 million.