First phase of Navy-built COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre opened in Werellawatta

Sri Lanka Navy initiated the conversion of a closed factory in the Werellawatta area in Gampaha into a COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centre, strengthening the Government's programme to expand facilities required for the treatment of COVID-19 infected individuals. The first phase of this Intermediate Care Centre with 650 beds was inaugurated today (07th June 2021) under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

In response to a request made by the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka Navy enabled its expertise and manpower under the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna for the establishment of this treatment centre, commencing from 02nd May 2021. The Navy is engaged in expanding facilities here to accommodate up to 2,000 beds and the first phase of the project successfully accomplished today, providing 650 beds for treatment of COVID-19 contracted individuals.

Besides, the Navy also set up a wastewater treatment plant within this premises, enabling the water used in the centre to be securely treated before being released into the environment.

Members of Parliament, officials from the Ministry of Health, Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Upul De Silva, Acting Director General Civil Engineering, Commodore MJRR Medagoda and a limited group of persons were also present on this occasion.

Photo courtesy - Mr. Thilakarathna Dissanayake and Mr. Nimalsiri Edirisinghe