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9 April 2016 05:00 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In an emotional address, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday claimed that the Indian aided pre hospital ambulance service project had got off the ground successfully.

The deputy Minister broke down emotionally, at a ceremony to hand over appointment letters to 144 Sri Lankan youth who are to be sent to India for a training course on emergency medical aid.

“Many ridiculed us and criticized us when we decided to go ahead with this ambulance service stating we are going to get down RAW personnel here while others said we were going to recruit Indians.

“However I would like to tell these who came up with these criticisms and allegations that Sri Lankan people are the ultimate winners,” he said

“Please forgive me. This kind of thing had not happened to me before,” the Deputy Minister said referring to the emotional moments he went through during his speech.

Further he assured that the project would be a totally state owned one.

Stating that the ambulance service would be launched in Western and Southern provinces initially he said it would be extended to other provinces later. He therefore urged Sri Lankan entrepreneurs to support the government in ensuring this endeavor a success.

Director General Health Dr Palitha Mahipala said the ambulance service would be a great help to Sri Lanka where an average of eight people die of road accidents daily while 17 die of other kinds of accidents. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 16

  • Prince Saturday, 09 April 2016 11:33 PM

    Its a Good step to improve our hospitality further. via DM Android App

    Sam Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:29 AM

    Great job, well done. Keep up the good work!

    Bala Sunday, 10 April 2016 03:32 AM

    We know you are genuine Harsha - so just go ahead. Let the JO or JOkers shout because they do not want the common man to benefit but only themselves and MR family.

    Wele Vidane Sunday, 10 April 2016 04:21 AM

    Maybe tears of joy about the commission

    Rom Sunday, 10 April 2016 04:39 AM

    Bravo, Bravo, move in the right direction.

    Sapu Sunday, 10 April 2016 07:05 AM

    Wimal will now say that instead of RAW coming the 144 EMTs are going to be trained to become RAW spies

    Sapu Sunday, 10 April 2016 09:46 AM

    There are no commissions. Harsha requested it during Modis visit and Ambulances and training is all given as Aid. The service is free for all Lankans

    Puppy Sunday, 10 April 2016 10:39 AM

    Another Singapore iso on the making. JAyaWEwa

    Marie Sunday, 10 April 2016 11:04 AM

    Thank You for being there for the common man. Good Lick with your endeavors.

    manu Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:01 PM

    Hello minister don't be too emotional. Wait and see first what quality of service will be later on.

    Volkswagon Silva Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:50 PM

    Too eatly......Lets wait for the results.

    Mason Sunday, 10 April 2016 04:13 PM

    All is well that ends well. Hope the service be available in other provinces sooner than later.Thank you Minister for a job being well.

    Rubert Monday, 11 April 2016 02:12 PM

    Hospitality? Is the ambulance service meant to work for tourists?

    Dhane Monday, 11 April 2016 04:25 PM

    Looks like a good service. Let us se how it performs.

    max Friday, 15 April 2016 05:16 AM

    First clean up the roads

    galleguy Friday, 15 April 2016 03:25 PM

    This chap seem to be a good and trustworthy fellow unlike other cunning politicos.Let's wait and see expecting positive results.

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