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Ceremonial donation of refurbished Victoria Home to inhabitants

COLOMBO: The Victoria Home for the incurable situated at Parliament Road, Rajagiriya is 118 years old. Established in the old Eye Hospital at the Lipton Circus by Sir Arthur Gordon, the then Governor of Ceylon the Victoria is the only resident healthcare facility in Sri Lanka for people with incurable disabilities.

The institution is managed by a governing committee consisting of 16 members representing different institutions including the District Secretary Colombo, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, the Director General for Health Services and the Mayor of Colombo.

Victoria Home was shifted to Parliament Road, Rajagiriya in 1960. Currently 180 patients are resident, cared for by a staff of fifty with 100 more in the waiting list. The inhabitants most of whom are bedridden, are cared for day and night by the staff. Medical aid, outings, festive occasions, sports and recreational and religious activities are organized by the home.

Post 1960, several new wards were added on by various benefactors but no repairs were done on the main ward complex which houses the most number of inhabitants.

The Ceylinco Sarana Fund, under the guidance of Deshamanya Dr. Lalith Kothalawala undertook all repairs of the building at a cost of Rs. 18 million. The newly refurbished Home will be opened at 10 a.m. on August 10.

The Ceylinco Sarana Fund is formed by the donations given from the monthly salaries of the staff and directorate of Ceylinco Consolidated and the monthly turnover from all member organisations of the Ceylinco Group. The Fund is utilised for various welfare enterprises.

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