Hemas Hospitals launches ‘Deewara Diri Savi’ to support ailing fishing community at critical hour


Sri Lanka’s most trusted private healthcare provider, Hemas Hospitals launches the ‘Deewara Diri Savi’ mega donation drive to support and empower the fishing community along the Western Coast of the country, whose livelihoods were gravely impacted by the marine destruction caused by the X-Press Pearl ship disaster.

Under ‘Deewara Diri Savi’, Hemas Hospitals will oversee the donation of complete dry ration packs to 818 families in the Wattala fishing community, who have now lost their sole source of income for survival and is undergoing extreme distress due to the implications caused by COVID-19 pandemic together with the fishing ban imposed due to the X-Press Pearl disaster.

Further, Hemas Hospitals Wattala is also offering free OPD consultation services to these families to ensure that their wellbeing and access to healthcare is secure and continued during this period.

“Our mission, values and corporate culture guide our actions as we strive hard to deliver on the promise of making healthful living happen to communities across the nation. ‘Deewara Diri Savi’ was founded upon this ethos as we care for, uplift and empower Sri Lanka’s fishing community struggling to make ends meet due to the mass implications and destruction caused to our marine resources with the X-Press Pearl disaster. As a responsible healthcare leader, we will continue to invest our resources and take swift action in supporting this community who add so much to our economy as they transition through this deeply difficult, critical time,” Hemas Hospitals and Laboratories Managing Director and President, Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Dr. Lakith Peiris stated.

The mega donation programme was coordinated with the support of the Rev. Fr. Ajith Kamal, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Palliyawatta, who spearheaded the coordination on behalf of the fishing community in the Palliyawatta, Dikowita and Awarakotuwa areas.

The programme was also joined by the Divisional Secretary Wattala, Mrs. P. D. T. C.  Rajika; Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lalith Halambarachchige; PHI of Palliyawatta, Malith Edirisingha; Managing Director Hemas Hospitals & Laboratory Chain, Dr. Lakith Peiris; along with several representatives from Hemas Hospitals.

The event was conducted under the strict directives issued by the Ministry of Health and under the supervision of the region’s Public Health Inspector.

The X-Press Pearl, a cargo ship, has been burning off the coast of Sri Lanka for nearly two weeks before it started to sink. This has forced Sri Lanka to temporarily ban fishing along a 50-mile stretch of its coast, due to the extensive marine pollution caused by the wreck.

Local fisherman who rely on shallow water fishing have been directed to stay ashore indefinitely, incapacitating these communities’ livelihoods who sometimes rely on just one meal a day to survive.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Hemas Hospitals remains deeply committed to drive its vision of making healthful living happen across all communities across the country.

Hemas Hospitals:

Established in 2008 with the launch of its pioneering facility in Wattala, followed by a second hospital in Thalawathugoda, Hemas Hospitals has today grown into one of the most advanced hospital chains in Sri Lanka.

A subsidiary of Hemas Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates with a focus on FMCG, healthcare, mobility and strategic investments, the hospital chain has pioneered global best practices in Sri Lanka, setting a steep benchmark for quality and patient safety.

It is the first internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI) certificate, the gold seal of international hospital accreditations for safety, quality and superior clinical outcomes while also being the only Sri Lankan organisation to have its Integrated Management System accredited by the U.K.-based LMS Certification Limited.

The organisation also provides a wide array of surgical and medical specialties and has established an island-wide network of clinical laboratories.

Additionally, Hemas Holdings PLC drives the ‘Piyavara’ initiative, which has so far contributed to the establishment of over 50 preschools in rural areas across the country and operates ‘Ayathi’ – the country’s only national centre to diagnose and rehabilitate children born with disabilities at the Ragama Medical Faculty at the cost of Rs. 650 million, in operation since last December.