Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has opened the expanded treatment services of Ampara General Hospital.
Deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage too, participated.
A neonatal unit, cardiology unit, dental surgery unity, hospital computer system, buggy cart service, two wards and dental clinic and nurses’ quarters were opened on the occasion.
A Pirith chanting and an offering to gods has taken place in front of the D.S. Senanayake statue near Inginiyagala tank to pray for rains in the drought-hit eastern province.
The offering to gods took place in the night of April 08, followed by the Pirith chanting until the next morning by Buddhist monks from temples in Ampara district.
The activity concluded with the giving of alms to the Maha Sangha.
Minister Daya Gamage, Ampara government agent Thusitha P. Wanigasinghe, state officials and members of the farming community participated.
The government intends introducing a new Exchange Control Act soon to facilitate the export and import sectors, Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage said.
'At present Exchange Control Act No. 24 of 1953, which is operative in these areas of the economy,, needs to be amended, Gamage told English daily national newspaper.