General Shavendra Silva inspects Seeduwa Army – improvised COVID Hospital

General Shavendra Silva, with several Senior Officers, inspecting set of equipment in the Hospital.

National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Head, Chief of Defence Staff and Army, Commander General Shavendra Silva together with several Senior Officers inspected the country’s biggest Army-improvised COVID-19 Hospital in Seeduwa last Saturday morning.

The Army-improvised COVID-19 Hospital in Seeduwa, fully backed by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) with 1,200 beds, equipped with all vital health facilities, consequent upon the generosity, extended by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brandix Group, Ashroff Omar, is the first-ever biggest COVID-19 Hospital in the country, improvised by the Army in less than a week to be in line with the Government’s decision to increase the bed-capacity.

“The Army initiated an island-wide hunt for suitable locations and buildings and as a result, Security Force members at all regional levels are improvising new places to serve as Intermediate Care Centres or Hospitals, exclusively reserved for COVID-19 treatment as capacities in Government Hospitals are already overwhelmed. We expect to open this state-of-the art facility centre shortly in Seeduwa,” General Shavendra Silva said.

The Army Chief was warmly welcomed by Major General Sujeewa SenerathYapa, General Officer Commanding, 14 Division, together with Major General Sanjaya Wanasinghe, Adjutant General of the Army and Brigadier Lal Wijethunga, Commander, 141 Brigade, at the entrance to the new facility, made available by Brandix Group.

The facility with emergency treatment unit, isolation sections, resuscitation units, ICU, medical stores among others is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka that came up in less than a week on an initiative taken by the Army to face with any contingency in the wake of resurgence of the 3rd COVID-19 wave in the country.

The Seeduwa new facility is the third such handed over by Brandix to the worthy cause of combating COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, apart from similar quarantine facilities they made available at their sites in Punani and Rambukkana. This Facility was also the first to receive the international recognition as the world’s first Apparel Manufacturing Facility along with the LEED Platinum Certificate.

This improvised new COVID-19 hospital in Seeduwa has been equipped with Army-produced 1,200 beds and we will primarily have 5,000 beds ready and the target is to increase it to 10,000 beds around the country within the next couple of days.

“In this place, isolated medical facilities with separate cubicles and space could cope with 1,200 patients on an emergency basis. The military has already added more beds to the hospital capacity, intermediate care centres and provided even ICU beds, having established the ICUs by the Army itself. Out of some 86,000 beds in island-wide State hospitals, initially we used only about 5,000 beds since capacity for contingencies like COVID-19 is minimal,” General Shavendra Silva also said.