From left: FCCISL Secretary General and CEO Ajith D. Perera, FITIS Immediate Past President Dr. Kithsiri Manchanayaka, Consultant of Infectious Diseases Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama and IDH Hospital Director Dr. Hasitha Attanayake
The Sri Lankans living in Southern California spearheaded by Prof. Deepthi Jayasekara, an Infectious Diseases Specialist in collaboration with Sri Lanka Medical Association of North America Western Region (SLMANA WR) collected much-needed funds for the purchase of equipment to National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH).
The project was conducted with the help of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries in Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and liaised by Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) Immediate Past President Dr. Kithsiri Manchanayakke.
Some of the equipment purchased with the funds were four ICU Trendelenburg beds, bedside ultrasound scanners and probes, ambu scopes, television sets for isolation rooms and PPE including N95 masks
The project was planned as an emergency fundraising event to help the country in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the IDH Hospital, provided the appropriate guidance to the current needs of this hospital which was in dire need of some upgrades during this pandemic. Prof. Deepthi Jayasekara and SLMANA will be further looking into helping other hospitals in need of upliftment in the future.