A state-of-the-art accommodation facility & quarantine centre complex which was supported by Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) completed its first phase of construction at the Sri Lanka Army Maduru Oya Training School this month. Responding to Sri Lanka’s national pandemic response efforts, CDB presented LKR 10 million to the National Operations Center for the Prevention of COVID19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) for the construction of this complex.
In its quest to augment its corporate stewardship, CDB embarked on this project during the height of the pandemic in 2020 to assist the country in combating the deadly impacts of COVID19. Given the requirements of the time, the facility was initially planned as a quarantine center but will now be an accommodation facility for students enrolled at the Maduru Oya Training School. However, given the incorporated facilities within the complex, it can be speedily transformed into a quarantine center for the North Central Province of Sri Lanka if and when required.
The completed first phase can house 64 personnel, while the entire complex is disabled-friendly. The ground floor of the complex was ceremonially declared open by Commandant of the Training Center Brigadier Najeewa Edirisinghe RWP RSP psc Hdmc in the presence of a collective of army personnel.
Executive Director/Deputy CEO/CFO of CDB Damith Tennekoon said, “This complex has been designed as a national asset – to be of assistance to the people of Sri Lanka in the event of another national need. It affirms the testament of CDB’s commitment to uplift the wellbeing of the people of Sri Lanka.”
Voicing similar sentiments, Commandant Brigadier Edirisinghe stated, “Even though the purpose of this building has changed during the course of time, one thing that should be always remembered is CDB’s commitment to the cause. I am confident that during times where an infectious disease is not a cause for concern, this facility will be a warm and welcoming home for the future soldiers of Sri Lanka as they go through their course of study.”
Those present at the ceremony included all officers of various ranks within the Sri Lanka Army Training School. The event was live streamed as well.