Drug free Country program shown successful results - President
President Maithripala Sirisena says the 'Drug free
Country' program, inaugurated by the government to build a healthy
nation by saving the future generation from the drug menace, has shown
"The treasury reported the Cabinet that the income
from the taxes for liqueur and cigarettes has been reduced for the first
time of the history. Though this is a decrease of the income for the
government, we consider it as a great investment for the future
generation", he said.
The President was speaking at the ceremony to open the
new building complex of the Teldeniya District Base Hospital, Kandy
today (April 11).
He pointed out that the main benchmark of the
development of a country is education and health. "A country where
educated and healthy people are living is rapidly moving towards
development", he said.
He said it is the government's goal to lead all
sections of the country towards an efficient development. "Today Sri
Lanka is getting international support like never before. The government's objective is to use that support for the development of the
country", the President further stated.
The President on the 4th of May, 2013, as then Health
Minister laid the foundation stone for the four storied building with
surgical complex, ICU and Forensic Medical Unit, sponsored by the JAICA
and the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine.
He President appreciated the assistance given by Japan
without any conditions as a good friend. He thanked the government of
Japan and the people on this regard.
President Sirisena unveiled the plaque and opened the
new building complex. He also registered the first patient to be
admitted to the new ward complex.
Governor of the Central Province Niluka Ekanayake
presented a souvenir to the President at this occasion.
Minister of Health Rajitha Senarathne, Minister
Lakshman Kiriella, Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake,
Provincial Health Minister Bandula Yalegama, Japanese Acting Ambassador
and the Director of the hospital Doctor Chaminda Weerakoon were among
those participated in this occasion.
Courtesy: President's Media Division