A fully fledged, 100-bed hospital of international standard named Northern Central Hospital is being launched in northern Jaffna as a Board of Investment (BOI) approved project, According to Dr. Keerthi Sri Edirisinghe, the consultant engaged in designing of the new venture, this will provide a boost to the medical sector in the region which is slow in moving into the north compared to other service sectors like banks, insuranceand finance companies.
He said the new project is the second stage of the expansion programme of the Central Nursing Home which is already in existence and has enjoyed great reputation from the Northern population for the past 30 years. Internationally trained nursing staff would be engaged on a round-the-clock duty roster at the hospital. The recruitment of trainee nursing staff is already in progress, he said.
Services would include Outpatients Department Service (OPD), Channeling, Cardiology, Neurology & Neurosurgical unit, Rehabilitation unit, Eye, ENT, Dental, Nephrology, Orthopedic, Plastic Surgery & Vascular, Maternity Home and other essentials such as Laboratory, CT scan, Nursing Home for Elders. Ambulance services to transport patients between the hospital and their homes would also be available. The construction of buildings for the new hospital commences this month and is expected to be completed within one year.