The Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) in a statement yesterday extended its wishes to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the successful completion of his first term as President and the commencement of a new term.
The SLCPI expressed confidence the new term will bring about a new Sri Lanka as envisioned by every patriotic citizen.
The SLCPI sees the positive direction the health sector of this country is headed, under the President’s leadership.
In a statement SLCPI said under the President, 4,500 new MBBS doctors were recruited into Government medical service in the past four years, while the number of nurses in Government hospitals shot up to 35,000 from a mere 15,000.
Significant improvements in human resources development and physical resources development, over the past five years, have led to an increased development in the country’s health sector.
Major hospitals all over the island have been provided with state-of-the-art technology and modern infrastructure, in addition to new, high-tech facilities such as cardiovascular treatment units and neuro-trauma units at the cost of billions of rupees.
Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena, under the guidance of the President, has also taken steps to eradicate diseases such as malaria and cholera, and is now in the process of wiping out the dengue menace from the country.
“The SLCPI would also like to take this opportunity to let the President know that we will continue to stand by him, and extend our fullest support to his policies with regard to the development of the nation, particularly in the health sector, in the years to come. We look forward to working together with the President, through the Health Minister, in introducing a more vibrant and efficient health policy to the country,” the statement added.