Dr. Chandana Gajanayake, the Director of Colombo District Health Services, has announced that the Red Cross organization has taken a compassionate initiative to offer financial support for mothers in the Colombo district who struggle to access maternity and child clinics due to transportation challenges. This generous gesture aims to address the issue of mothers and children missing out on vital healthcare services due to their inability to afford bus fare.
During a recent district committee meeting, it was brought to light that children experiencing weight gain issues and various physical weaknesses were being referred to maternal and child clinics in the Colombo district instead of the hospital clinic. Consequently, many mothers and children were unable to attend these clinics because of the financial constraints associated with traveling by bus.
Following the revelation at the committee meeting, the Red Cross organization expressed its willingness to provide the necessary bus fare to mothers facing economic difficulties in accessing these crucial healthcare facilities. Dr. Gajanayake, appreciating the Red Cross’s commitment, shared this development with the public.
The Red Cross organization has decided to extend financial assistance to mothers visiting the 18 maternity and child clinics located across the Colombo district. A representative from the Red Cross Organization will personally visit these clinics to distribute the financial contributions to the mothers seeking medical attention.
Dr. Gajanayake has invited other institutions and individuals who are capable of enhancing the nutrition and healthcare access of mothers and children, not just in the Colombo district but also in other regions, to step forward.
Those willing to contribute can contact the Colombo Health Services District Office for additional information. Dr. Gajanayake emphasizes that such donations serve as an investment in the future well-being of the country, highlighting the importance of collective efforts to improve maternal and child healthcare.