Expat Lankans donate cardiac catheter lab to A’pura Teaching hospital
Posted on April 6th, 2015

By Janaka Perera

We are deeply grateful to expatriate Sri Lankans in Australia for facilitating the grant of a fully equipped Cardiac Catheter Laboratory to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital” Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said at the opening of the first Angiography Unit at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, last week (April 02)

Dr. Senaratne further said that this equipment was worth a sum of money in excess of Rs. 250 million.


In commending this gesture which would bring untold benefits to the people in Anuradhapura and adjoining Districts in the North Central Province, Dr. Senaratne also referred to an earlier facilitation by the same parties, of a grant of a Cardiac Catheter Laboratory to the Kurunegala Hospital in 2008.

We are unreservedly indebted to Mr. Peter Koens, Bio Engineer, for securing the donation of this laboratory from a leading Hospital in Australia, and then utilizing his technical expertise and professional skills to install the Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital ”said Mrs. Pushpa Hettiarachi, Solicitor and Secretary, Australia – Sri Lanka Council of Melbourne, who was largely instrumental in conceiving this project and playing a leading role in co – ordinating with Dr. Ananda Gunasekera, Deputy Director – General, of the Ministry of Health.

Mr. Christopher Ludowyk, Chairman, Australia – Sri Lanka Council of Melbourne, being an expatriate Ceylonese Burgher born in Kurunegala, said that he was glad to be of service to his country of birth, which he had left more than 50 years ago for Australia, and added that he continued to treasure very much his youthful memories of Sri Lanka.

Among those present at the function were Hon. K.H.Nandasena, Minister of Provincial Health, North Central Province, Dr.Ananda Gunasekera, Deputy Director – General, of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ranjith Hettiarachi (Melbourne) and members of staff of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.

One Response to “Expat Lankans donate cardiac catheter lab to A’pura Teaching hospital”

  1. Nimal Says:

    See the sense of charity among the colonial types are everywhere in their countries and some gets rubbed in to our expatriates and I congratulate them.
    Christoper Ludoyke could be relative of Dr Ludowyke who was a practising GP in Kandy,like my late brother in Galgamuwa never charged the desperate poor who went to them for treatment.

    He gifted his valuable house next to Maligawa to the state. This article is truly heart warming.

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