Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) handed 400 Thalassemia Infusion Systems to the Health Ministry recently.
According to SLN media, this stock of medical devices produced by the Navy’s Research and Development (R & D) Unit was handed over to the Deputy Director General (Non-Communicable Diseases) of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Champika Wickramasinghe by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne yesterday (Oct. 19).
Thalassemia Infusion Systems are vital for the removal of excessive iron deposits in blood gathered in vital organs of thalassemia patients.
This medical equipment is produced under a Naval Social Responsibility (NSR) project that aims at providing low cost Thalassemia Infusion Systems for hospitals and children with this disease, it says.
Since 2001, the Navy’s R & D Unit has produced and handed over 2774 Thalassemia Infusion Systems. It received the CDDA - (Cosmetics Devices & Drugs Regulatory Authority) for production of this medical eqipment in 2011, it says.
Director Naval Policy and Plans, Commodore Chinthaka Kumarasinghe and officers of the Navy's R & D Unit were also present at the handing over ceremony, it says.