Perera and Sons has donated a reverse osmosis (RO) plant to the Dialysis Unit of the Trincomalee District Base Hospital. The reverse osmosis plant enables increased access to clean, safe drinking water, thereby reducing the incidence and spread of water borne diseases, and greatly minimising exposure to chemical pollutants that may plague the local groundwater sources. This unit was manufactured by the expert engineers of the Sri Lanka Navy, the food company said in a media release.
Established in 1940, the District Base Hospital Trincomalee currently has a total of 97 doctors, 608 nurses and attendants, and 523 hospital beds including a specialized Dialysis Unit, affording care to individuals each day.
The 5-member team of doctors at this unit, headed by Consultant Nephrologist Dr. Lakshman Weerasinghe stated that it was a dream come true in his career of three years at the Trincomalee Hospital to receive treated water to this unit, the release said.
The RO plant enables higher efficiency water treatment and will allow the hospital to generate a steady supply of uncontaminated water for both general and medical use, beneficial towards securing the health and safety of all patients and visitors. Perera and Sons stepped up to support the initial request for assistance from the Sri Lanka Navy and Dr. Jagath Wickramaratne - Director of the District General Hospital.
Commenting on the donation, Kamal Jaimon - Executive Director of Perera and Sons said: “As a responsible, widely loved household brand, it is our priority to ensure the wellbeing of our local communities. Clean water has posed a major threat to mankind across the globe and sadly we as a nation, experience its devastating effects as well. Having access to clean water is one of the most important and basic human rights, and we are happy to play a part in ensuring this access by donating the RO plant.”
Gihan Perera, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer – Perera and Sons stated, “Our CSR brand ‘Manumehewera’ is a humanitarian venture which continues to be strengthened by care for those who truly need it. It is a journey embarked to fulfill a destiny that belongs to every human being - to truly live for one another. We will not be stopping here; we have more plans lined up to give back to the society.”