Watawala Plantations PLC (WPL) announces the opening of its newly built,
fully-equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Udugama Base Hospital in Galle District under the
guidance of the Ministry of Health. The project, led by Watawala Plantations PLC and supported by Tata
Communications Lanka Ltd, will launch to the public at an auspicious hour on Wednesday, 22nd
The five-bed Intensive Care Unit will benefit the communities living in Udugama, Neluwa, Thawalama,
Nagoda, Yakkalamulla, Hiniduma and Nakiyadeniya areas, making this unit at the Udugama Base Hospital
the premier Intensive Care Unit in the Galle District, second only to the Intensive Care Unit at
Karapitiya Hospital. The project has been carried out at a total cost of 100 million rupees through the
collaborative effort of Watawala Plantation Limited and Tata Communications Lanka Ltd.
Commenting on WPL’s latest contribution to the community, Sunshine Holdings Group Managing
Director Vish Govindasamy said, “Since the onset of the pandemic, Watawala Plantations has supported
the efforts of the government of Sri Lanka to ensure that critical healthcare is provided, especially to the
most vulnerable. For us, the safety and wellbeing of people have always been key priorities and fueled
our outreach initiatives to communities since the first wave of COVID-19.
“We are honoured to lend our support and augment the Intensive Care facilities at the Udugama Base
Hospital into a five-bed facility which includes critical life-saving medical equipment through an
investment of Rs. 100 million. WPL remains committed to strengthening Sri Lanka’s health system
readiness, as a vital part of pandemic response for years to come.”
The Intensive Care Unit will be declared open to the public by the Galle District Parliamentarian, Dr
Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of Plantation Industries and Dr Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Health,
Mr Vish Govindasamy, Group Managing Director of Sunshine Holdings, the officials of Watawala
Plantation Company, and representatives of Tata Communications Lanka Ltd along many other
distinguished guests are expected to attend the opening.
The powerful initiative was launched at a time when residents of the region were severely affected by
the lack of intensive care at Udugama Base Hospital, prompting the donation following a request made
by the hospital’s development committee.
The development of the new ICU was further supported by the Staff of the Udugama Hospital
Committee, the health staff of the hospital and the Sri Lankan Army. All staff of the Udugama Base
Hospital have also been trained in Intensive Care parallel to the construction of the unit. The
construction of this Intensive Care Unit was carried out under the supervision of the Udugama Hospital