President Maithripala Sirisena said that the issue of large scale irregularities in purchasing medical drugs and modern medical equipment has become a major problem in the medical field.
The President was speaking at the opening ceremony of the new ward complex at the Manampitiya Rural Ayurvedic Hospital yesterday (28) afternoon.
The ward complex, constructed under the Awaking Polonnaruwa District Development Programme, has been completed at a cost of Rs. 165 lakhs.
The 28-bed ward complex is equipped with all facilities including an outpatient treatment unit as well.
Addressing the gathering the President Sirisena said that our Ayurvedic and indigenous medicine system is of high value. In addition, the President pointed out that the value of the indigenous medicine system in Sri Lanka has not been compromised despite the advancement of western medicine.
The President unveiled the plaque and visits the new ward complex.
North Central Province Health and Indigenous Medicine Secretary Mr. Saman Bandulasena, North Central Province Ayurvedic Commissioner Mr. Kumara Alwis and Dimbulagala Pradeshiya Sabha President Mr. Jayantha Marasinghe were also present on this occasion.
The President also participated in a number of programmes including the distributing of chairs for the Sunday Schools and pre-schools, and a ceremony to hand over of 63 houses built for the benefit of underprivileged families.
Polonnaruwa Mayor Mr. Chanaka Sidath Ranasinghe and public representatives of the area, District Secretary Mr. Pandula Abeywardhana and public officials were also present on this occasion.