The progress that has been made at Tangalle Hospital is fantastic. It turned from a dilapidated and depressing facility into a ‘Type A’ Base Hospital. A massive increase of admissions, new doctors, and nurses has taken, and is taking place. Patients have new confidence and are using the hospital in unprecedented numbers.

RMF had received a high-pressure sterilizer from Direct Relief International for the Tangalle Hospital. Without it, performance of any surgeries had been impossible, and patients needing such surgeries had to be transferred to hospitals about 50km away.

Patients needing emergency care had to be transferred as well, and many of them succumbed to their injuries during this transfer. With the autoclave completing the upgrade of the brand-new operating theater in April 2007, the medical staff is now able to attend to all emergencies as well as perform surgeries, routine and emergency, under sterile conditions. Tens of thousands of patients in southern Sri Lanka can now receive state of the art medical and surgical care. Innumerable lives will be saved.

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