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Colours of Courage Trust Presents the National Cancer Institute with First Medical Intensive Care Unit

In an effort to further strengthen and enhance cancer care facilities offered to patients in Sri Lanka, the Colours of Courage Trust in partnership with MAS Holdings and A&E, together with many generous donors handed over the first Medical Intensive Care Unit to the Maharagama Cancer Hospital on the 5th of September 2011.

The Urmila Amalean Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) was declared open by Her Excellency, Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa, First Lady of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The six-bed MICU will consist of all facilities complying with required health standards as well as an isolation unit and a separate dialysis unit for cancer patients.

Most cancer patients, being highly susceptible to infection soon after treatments such as surgery, chemo therapy and radio therapy need to be isolated in an Intensive Care Unit, which despite the NCI’s 50 year history, was a facility that cancer patients lacked. The procedure was to transfer them to the Colombo National Hospital or other hospitals for ICU facilities. Keeping in line with the hospital’s expansion plans while facilitating improved cancer care services at the NCI, the COC and their likeminded partners embarked on the MICU project, which was understood to be the most imperative requirement.



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