Announcing it, health minister Rajitha Senaratne told the media today the hospital, valued at Rs. 3.5 billion, would be run as a teaching hospital, for which it had all the facilities.
Dr. Neville Fernando will continue to pay back the bank loans obtained for its construction, which is a very meritorious donation, he said.
Having a staff of 44 specialists and 70 other doctors, it will be administered by a special board, like Sri Jayewardenapura Hospital does.
A SAITM problem too, will be solved
That will also solve a problem of there being not enough patients for clinical training for SAITM medical students, he said.
Help save Rs. 132 billion
This will also help save Rs. 132 billion spent annually for foreign medical education, said Senaratne, adding it would also attract other investments too.