Leading private healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals recently carried out a mega diabetes and NCD Clinic for the fishing community in Palliyawatta, in commemoration of World Diabetes Month. The clinic spelled the second chapter of the hospital’s ongoing CSR project titled, ‘Dheewara Diri Sawi’, launched several months ago to empower the fishing communities that were gravely impacted by the X-Press Pearl disaster.
With the vision of bringing ‘Healthful Living’ to life, the free clinic took place at Mount Carmel Church, Palliyawatta. Proceedings began by invoking the blessings of Fr. Ajith Thissera, the Parish Priest of the Palliyawatta Church, to commence a successful day where over 250 lives were empowered with free access to diabetes and NCD screening and treatment. The initiative, a welcome source of much needed healthcare support, received high praise from all members of the community.
“Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes have become a fast growing medical concern that were particularly highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the International Diabetes Federation, an alarming 1 in 12 people is deemed diabetic within the Sri Lanka. In such a backdrop, we have made it our mission to strive hard to deliver on our purpose of making healthful living happen within communities across the nation. Therefore, this World Diabetes Month, we were honoured to conduct this mega diabetes and NCD clinic under the ‘Dheewara Diri Savi’ project to empower and foster wellness within this segment of our community that is still attempting to bounce back from the X-Press Pearl disaster.
“As a responsible healthcare leader, who experiences the impact of diabetes firsthand everyday, we will continue to invest our resources to mitigate the implications of this silent menace,” Hemas Hospitals and Laboratories Managing Director and President, Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Dr. Lakith Peiris stated.
The Dheewara Diri Sawi Diabetes Clinic was organized in parallel to Hemas Group’s initiative of “Say Yes to Life”, launched on International Diabetes Day 2021 to create awareness and educate people to take control and manage their lives in a healthy and joyful manner.
Hemas Hospitals is the first internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI) certificate, the gold seal of international hospital accreditations for safety, quality and superior clinical outcomes, and is the only COVID-19 Safety Management Systems Certified (SLS 1672:2020) hospital in Sri Lanka. Hemas Hospitals Laboratories are certified with ISO 15189:2012.
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