ComBank landscapes National Hospital gardens
The Corporate Social Responsibility Trust of Commercial Bank
partnered with the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo (NHSL) in a
gardening and landscaping project covering an area of one and half acres
of the hospital's gardens.
CSR Coordinator, Commercial Bank, Mrs Priyanthi Perera
(second from left) and Director, National Hospital, Dr Anil
Jasinghe, exchange the agreement. From left: Mahesh
Ratnayake of the Bank’s CSR unit and Coordinator of the NHSL
landscaping project, Dr Ramya Premarathne (centre) look on.
The project will facilitate the mental well-being of patients and
includes the planting of C02-absorbing trees in specified plots of land
belonging to the hospital to minimise carbon dioxide emissions in its
In addition to the trees in the garden, more mango and jack trees
have been planted. The ponds have been cleaned and repaired along with
the benches. Lush lawns enhance the aesthetic and environmental values
of the property.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Commercial Bank
of Ceylon and the National Hospital to formalise this partnership, and
the major part of the work has already been completed, a Bank official
The contractor entrusted with the work will also maintain the
landscaped areas for five years.
The National Hospital situated on a 32-acre block of land is the
largest teaching hospital in Sri Lanka and the final referral centre in
the country consisting of 3,500 beds and serves over 10,000 outpatients
Consisting of 80 wards and 30 treatment units, 38 operating theatres
and 18 intensive care units, it is the training centre for
undergraduates and post-graduate trainees of the Faculty of Medicine.
The nurse's training school, Colombo, PBS, and schools of
Radiography, Pharmacy, Cardiograph,
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are affiliated to the National
Commercial Bank contributes a percentage of its post-tax profits
annually to its CSR Trust, set up in 2004 with a capital of Rs 25