US built hospital opens in Sri Lanka’s North

Dec 04, 2013 (LBO) – A 24-bed hospital built with support from the United Sates has been opened in Palai, Northern Sri Lanka, the US Agency for International Development said. USAID said the Palai hospital is part of nine hospitals being funded by Civil Military Support Element (CMSE) from the US embassy, NGO Medical Teams International, Sri Lanka’s health authorities, the World Health Organizers and a group of engineers and specialists.

The 69 million rupee hospital will also have an emergency treatment unit, maternity ward, delivery room and a pharmacy.

Sri Lanka’s north emerged from a 30-year civil war in 2009.

“This new hospital will have a significant impact on thousands of people living in the surrounding communities by offering accessible, quality healthcare,” USAID mission director Sherry Carlin said in a statement.

“The Divisional Hospital will act as the primary healthcare facility in Palai, until other medical facilities within the Province can be reconstructed and rehabilitated to help support the medical demands being placed on surrounding medical facilities.”