The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing in Sri Lanka and the world. In comparison to many developed countries, Sri Lanka has performed reasonably well in controlling the spread of the disease. The Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Angoda has played a crucial role in controlling the pandemic in the country where the exceptional dedication and commitment as well as the many sacrifices made by the staff has certainly made a big difference against the pandemic.
The citizens of Sri Lanka need to understand the immense sacrifices made by these healthcare heroes in combating COVID-19. DIMO learnt that these heroes have made significant personal sacrifices, compromised their own safety, worked overtime, subjected themselves to tremendous stress and anxiety, and have had to make difficult decisions personally and professionally for the past several months. Their sacrifices were challenged even more during the Christmas and New Year season, while everybody else was going out and celebrating, – they remained within the IDH premises, steadfastly committed to battling to save lives and performing their duty to the country. Therefore, the physical and emotional burden experienced daily by healthcare staff for such a long period of time is incredible.
DIMO came forward to recognize these Healthcare Heroes at IDH by presenting them with tokens of appreciation on 1st January 2021 at the IDH premises during a simple event held according to strict health guidelines. As a responsible corporate citizen, DIMO wanted to appreciate these Healthcare Heroes and show them support in these uncertain times. A total of 530 staff members, from the attendant to the Director of IDH, were presented with BLACK + DECKER home appliances, essential items and PPE, while appreciating their continued commitment and acknowledging their heroic efforts for the Motherland.
Sending a special message to the IDH staff, DIMO Chairman & Managing Director Ranjith Pandithage stated, “Your untiring commitment, effort and courage has minimized the impact of the deadly virus and has brought it under controllable levels. This token of appreciation is to reassure that we, as a country, owe you, “Our Heroes”, a very big thank you.” DIMO was represented at the event by COO of Medical Engineering, Priyantha Dissanayake and Senior Accountant, Ishara Danansooriya.