The Ratnapura Hospital was also made a teaching hospital by the Prime Minister during his visit.
He pointed out that although huge amounts was spent on development projects after the end of the war, these projects have proved to be white elephants, burdening the country.
The Prime Minister further said, “In order to take the country forward, the people should be healthy in body and mind. There is no point in spending so much on educating people if they would live for a mere 50 years. We must create a healthy society with life expectancy of at least 70-80 years. We spent so much on the war, but after the war ended adequate funds were not allocated for education and health. They allocated money for infrastructure facilities and other development projects, but most of these projects are useless to the country and are now white elephants. Had that money been utilized for education and health, today if would have had immense benefits to the country.”
“We need to allocate funds for engineering and technical areas and develop that area. Similarly we need to uplift the vocational training sector. I have discussed with the Education Minister with regard to the recruitment of more science teachers.
We must forge ahead by developing education, health and economic development simultaneously. Some parties are accusing us of cutting down on government funds, but I must emphasize that we have allocated more on education and health far more than any other government has ever done before.”
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Water Supply,Town Planning and Higher Education Minister Rauff Hakeem, Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale, Deputy Ministers Faizal Casim, Karunaratne Paranawithana and MP A.A. Wijethunge and Hesha Witharana and severalother officials participated.