Efforts to save the future generation from the drug menace is a...

Efforts to save the future generation from the drug menace is a success; claims President

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The programme mooted by the Government to save the future generation from the drug menace is a success. This has been pointed out by President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was addressing a function held at the Teldeniya Base Hospital in Kandy.

The new five storied building complex built at the Teldeniya District Base Hospital under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine with financial assistance from JICA was vested in the public today. The opening took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The new building comprises a surgical complex, an Intensive Care Unit and a Judicial Medical Unit.

Construction work on this building complex was launched on May 04th in the year 2003. The work was mooted by the President who was serving as the Health Minister during this period. President Maithripala Sirisena registered the first patient admitted to the new Wards Complex after the opening of the building.

Addressing the function the President said that this is the first time that three weeks before, the Treasury reported to the Cabinet that the collections made from tobacco and alcohol had gone down. This is a good feature. Hitherto these tax collections increased. But as a result of the programme mooted by the Government, a reduction in the taxes given to the Government meant that there is a decline in the income from cigarettes and alcohol.

Expressing his views on the occasion Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne declared that they will not succumb to pressure of the Government Medical Officers Association.

The Health Minister said that all trade unions have a responsibility towards developing the country. The Minister said the country should unite to achieving this feat. He pointed out that trade unions must unite to develop the country’s health sector and also to develop the country. The Minister added that the country’s citizens must build the country for a prosperous future adding it should be considered a responsibility.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella, Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and Provincial Health Minister Bandula Yalegama were among those present on the occasion.