Tissa De Silva Trust donates lab equipment to CNH
In the midst of challenging times and depleting resources, The Tissa De Silva Trust recently made a donation of sophisticated laboratory equipment valued at Rs 13 million, required to function a state of the art PCR laboratory at the Colombo National Hospital (CNH).
The Tissa De Silva Trust was initiated in 1993 and worked towards sponsoring the education of under privileged children, providing infrastructure to schools, aiding improvements to rural accessibility, and funding healthcare.
Initial discussion between the board of trustees and Senior Consultant Cardiologist of the National Hospital Dr. Nimali Fernando were centered on the donation of equipment used by the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory at NHSL Colombo.
However, given the escalating situation in the country surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, both parties came to an agreement that the need of the hour is this much needed PCR laboratory to treat patients safely, as well as to provide a safe environment for healthcare workers.
Therefore, a decision was made to donate essential equipment for this purpose. Furthermore, the resources would also be used in the testing process of other viruses such as dengue and influenza where the annual cases in Sri Lanka remain high.
The laboratory was officially declared open on the 12 January in a ribbon cutting ceremony by Deputy Director General Health Services of the National Hospital Dr. Kumara Wickremasinghe and Oshan Senanayake of the Tissa De Silva Trust, followed by the plaque being unveiled by Dhevan Peiris of the Tissa De Silva Trust.
Documents with details pertaining to the donation were also handed over to the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi at the Ministry of Health premises.