May 01, 2013 (LBO) – Lanka Hospitals Plc, a fee levying hospital that is 65 percent state controlled will build an 850 million rupee laboratory that provide diagnostic test for over 500 diseases that are now unavailable in Sri Lanka, an official said. Lanka Hospitals chief executive Lakith Pieris said a 10,000 square feet laboratory will be set up on the seventh floor of the hospital building.

He said the lab will offer diagnostic services for 500 new diseases including some test for cancer that are not available.

The project is expected to start in about four months.

He said there were plans to discuss with owners of adjoining lands to get more space for expansion.

The hospital had won the award in the large scale category in Sri Lanka’s national quality awards in the large scale category, which was the first by a fee levying hospital after 15 years, he said.