Pioneering private healthcare provider Nawaloka Hospitals celebrated International
Women’s Day 2021 with their 2000+ female work force with a vibrant, engaging event at the hospital
auditorium in Colombo.
The grand event held on the 9 th March, 2021 saw the participation of widely-acclaimed and beloved Sri
Lankan artists Sangeetha Weeraratne and Yashodha Wimaladharma, who addressed the audience. This
was amplified by a lively, powerful session with award-winning female entrepreneur, speaker and global
Goodwill ambassador Nayomi Hadunnetti who looked to inspire and energize. Adding to the day’s
narrative were Nawaloka Hospitals Chief Medical Officer Dr. Prasadika Gunasena and Chief Nursing
Officer Surangani Jayasinghe. Further, all female staff at the hospital were felicitated with a rose and gift.
Also present at the event were Nawaloka Hopsitals Chairman Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, Deputy
Chairman Harshith Dharmadasa, Executive Directress Givanthi Dharmadasa, Executive Director Anisha
Dharmadasa, and Executive Director and General Manager Prof. Lal Chandrasena.
“As mothers, daughters and wives themselves, our female staff have continued to prioritize patient care
in a remarkable display of commitment all throughout the COVID-19′ pandemic. Therefore, we believe
it is vital to appreciate and recognise the immense contribution that our female work force has made
during one of the toughest years the world has yet faced. They have bravely championed the front lines,
not just the past year but every year before as well. These persevering powerhouses have helped shape
Nawaloka’s healthcare practice into the exceptional service it is today and we’re hoping that they may
inspire our younger generations to one day follow in their footsteps, to break stereotypes and push the
boundaries of clinical excellence,” stated Nawaloka Hospitals Deputy Chairman Harshith Dharmadasa.
A proud equal opportunity employer, Nawaloka Hospitals has actioned numerous powerful initiatives to
ensure that the hospital’s female staff can work in an environment most conducive for growth. The
hospital’s nursing staff who carry out a 24 hour intensive operation to ensure only the finest clinical
outcomes, are provided with comfortable female-only restrooms, hostel facilities, regular meals and
transport. Paid maternity leave is mandatorily provided as per the Shop and Office Act, while work shifts are allocated after careful consideration of each individual staff member’s situation. Most importantly,
Nawaloka Hospitals champions female staff members to senior management positions, providing
consistent and invaluable training opportunities to enable growth both personally and professionally. The
hospital is offering exclusive discounts of up to 30% to women during the month of March.
About Nawaloka Hospitals
Nawaloka Hospitals entered the state-dominated healthcare sector in 1985 as the first private hospital
in Sri Lanka to offer tertiary healthcare services. Since then, under the visionary leadership of Dr.
Jayantha Dharmadasa, the hospital has garnered considerable local and international recognition,
pioneering numerous advanced clinical developments in the country. In 2020, Nawaloka Hospitals
achieved the prestigious Joint Commission International’s (JCI) gold seal of approval for its continued
compliance with internationally-recognized healthcare standards.
Nawaloka offers a 24-hour OPD centre, a state-of-the-art ETU facility, air and land medical evacuation
services that include mobile ICUs and a home nursing unit offering professional in-home care services.
Equipped with the latest technology and affordable healthcare solutions of international standards driven
by a passionate and professional team of the best consultants and nurses, Nawaloka Hospitals is fully
committed towards the principal vision of building a healthier and stronger Sri Lanka.