The construction of the Dr. Neville Fernando Sri Lanka – Russia Friendship Teaching Hospital is about to be completed
In commemoration of the main phase of construction of the Dr. Neville Fernando Sri Lanka – Russia Friendship Teaching Hospital completion and ahead of its opening in the end of 2012, in front of the main building the solemn tree planting ceremony was held on July 26, 2012 in the city of Malabe, suburb of Colombo.
From the Russian side at the event were present - H.E. Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka; Prof. Vladimir E. Zagainov, head of the Surgery Department, head of the International Marketing Division of the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy; Mr. Andrey Nazarkin, Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Colombo; from the Sri Lankan side - Dr. Neville Fernando, head of the project, well-know public figure and entrepreneur; Dr. A. Harsha de Silva, head of the provincial health service Department of the Ministry of Health (Western Province); Dr. Renuke Samira Senarathna, Russian Graduate, Director of the Medical Faculty of the SAITM.
Before the tree planting ceremony H.E. Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov and Dr. A. Harsha de Silva hoisted flags of Russia and Sri Lanka.
During the press-conference that was held after the ceremony H.E. Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov and Dr. Neville Fernando wished to the joint Sri Lanka – Russia higher educational project successful development for the benefit of friendship and cooperation strengthening between the two countries. H.E. Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov assured the journalists and representatives of the Sri Lanka health sector who were present at the event that the Medical Faculty of SAITM would be supported and rendered assistance in educational process realization and organizing of leisure activity for the future medical officers by joint efforts of the Russian Embassy and the Russian Cultural Centre in Colombo.
After opening of the hospital it will become integral part of the first Sri Lanka – Russia higher educational project – the Medical Faculty of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The partner of the SAITM from the Russian Side is the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy.