The final phase of the first fully fledged pre hospital care ambulance service was launched today in the Eastern Province with 27 fully equipped 1990 Suwa Seriya ambulances.
Launched with Indian Grant in 2016, the 1990 Suwa Seriya Ambulance Service is now available Island-wide in Sri Lanka with the launch of final phase this morning at the Ampara Municipal Council Hall.
The occasion was graced by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, non-cabinet Minister of Economic Policies and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva, Minister Daya Gamage and Acting Minister Anoma Gamage.
At the request of the Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, the Government of India donated the Suwa Seriya free ambulance service to Sri Lanka.
The service was launched with US$ 7.55 financial assistance from the Indian Government in July 2016. In the first stage currently implemented only in the Western and Southern provinces 88 ambulances with 600 Sri Lankan staff were utilized in service.
The second stage of the 1990 Suvaseriya Ambulance Service was expanded by 209 more units with a grant of US$ 15 million from India. The service was launched in Jaffna last month with 55 ambulances.
At today’s ceremony 27 ambulances were donated to hospitals in the Eastern Province.
Courtesy: Colombo Page