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Secretary Defence lays foundation stone for new 'Teaching Hospital' at KDU

2013 Jul 01

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa laid foundation stone for the new Teaching Hospital complex which is to be built at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) premises at Werahera today, (28th June).
Proposed 704-bed fully fledged teaching hospital comprising of operation theatres, laboratories, other ultra-modern facilities including eight intensive care units and an oncology unit, will be a boast to the state of the art medical facilities that are on par with international standards.

The Faculty of Medicine of the KDU is the only national military medical institution of higher education in Sri Lanka. The faculty is responsible for training and graduation of military medical students. The MBBS course is conducted by well experienced academic and medical professionals. Furthermore it will provide tertiary care facilities to the general public and service personnel while training both undergraduate and post graduate military medical students. Hospital also intends to provide 24/7 service to the public on both payment basis and without charge.

The Poly Technologies Inc. of China will carry out the construction work of this 202 million US dollar project, which is expected to be completed in two years. This teaching hospital, which extends in 56 acre land in Werahera, has been designed by Design Group 5 along Singaporean architects.

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is the only university offering graduate courses in defence studies in the South Asian region. It is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom).

Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama, Vice Chancellor of KDU Milinda Peiris, officials of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health and General Treasury, Vice Chancellors of Universities, secretary of Sri Lanka Medical Council and Health, senior military officers, officials of the Poly Technology Inc in China and intellectuals were present at the occasion.

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