The newly constructed 3 storied building complex of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital was vested in the public by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The national function on the World Children’s Day was also held under the patronage of the President in Anuradhapura. The new building complex consists of all modern amenities. It consists of an OPD, gynecology and a babies unit. The building that was constructed with Japanese aid has cost 2.3 billion rupees. The Sri Lankan government has provided 300 million rupees for the construction. With the inauguration of the building, the operation of the Out Patient Department is expected to be more organized. The gynecology unit and the children’s and new babies ICU will fulfill a long required need. This will benefit more than one million people living in the North Central Province. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Minister Maitreepala Sirisena, Chief Minister of North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake, Deputy Ministers S.M. Chandrasena, Duminda Dissanayake an the Japanese ambassador in Sri Lanka Kunio Takahashi participated in the occasion. The national function of the World Children’s Day was held at the Swanapali Balika Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura under the patronage of the President. The function was organized by the Child Development and Women’s Affairs Ministry. The President issued a stamp of five rupee denomination and a first-day cover under the theme “give hands to enlighten children’. Prizes and certificates were presented for the winners in the competitions held to mark the World Children’s Day. The special souvenir issued to mark the Children’s Day was presented to the President by Minister Tissa Karalliyadda.