By: BiZnomics Special Economic Correspondent
Photography: Chameera Dasun
Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, Chairman, Nawaloka Group giving a rare interview to Biznomics explained his father Deshamanya H K Dharmadasa, established the Nawaloka Group of Companies 75 years ago without having even Rs 100 in his hands. With similar entrepreneurial courage I too started business with a little bit of money like my father. Today our group commands 40+ companies, engaged in diversified activities.
To remind how Nawaloka Hospitals came into being, Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa explained. “When my father got ill, he was taken to McCarthy Hospital in Colombo but he refused to stay there as he did not feel easy. Then we took him to the Colombo General Hospital, but there too he was not comfortable as the patient next to his bed passed away, and requested us to get him discharged and take him home. In this background we took him to Hammersmith Hospital in London for treatment. Being satisfied with the treatment and impressed with the facilities of Hammersmith Hospital in London he thought that such a facility should be available for his fellow citizens in Sri Lanka. This is how he conceived the novel concept of the Nawaloka Hospital service and the hospital was formally established in 1985 with 100 beds with an investment of Rs. 180 Mn.”
Since then we progressed and introduced the first private Intensive Care Unit in Sri Lanka, which is the largest private sector facility in the country at present. In 1994 we started a cardiac catheterization laboratory and a coronary artery bypass surgery unit. This unit provides a 24 hour service to both adult and pediatric heart patients in Sri Lanka. The introduction of the first MRI scanner and related facility in 1995 was another milestone in our pioneering work in health care. We are proud to say that the Nawaloka Heart Centre today is on par with any international heart Centre in the USA, UK or Singapore.Cont..