Sampath Bank, CBL Group, and WSO2 Donate PCR Lab to Colombo Army Hospital

Colombo, Sri Lanka - September 9, 2020 - Strengthening the nation’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Sampath Bank PLC, CBL Group, and WSO2 jointly donated a fully equipped PCR laboratory to the Army Hospital in Colombo, recently.

Costing around Rs. 32 million, this state-of-the-art lab has a testing capacity of 600 per day, thereby expanding the national capacity to conduct PCR tests. This added capacity will enable health authorities to expand their testing base, identify those infected with the virus, treat them, and ensure that we keep community transmission at near-zero levels.

“The health sector, tri-forces, police, and all other essential service personnel led by our government have been working tirelessly to protect us during this global pandemic. This has helped Sri Lanka minimize the spread of the virus, despite having limited resources. Thanking them for their service, we are honored to support their efforts with the donation of this PCR laboratory in partnership with CBL and WSO2. We will continue to empower our fellow Sri Lankans and help the nation emerge stronger from this health and economic crisis,” said Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank.

“The CBL Group is honored to support Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19 and we are thankful to our national health authorities and armed forces who continue to lead Sri Lanka’s frontline. This contribution, in collaboration with Sampath Bank and WSO2, will increase the PCR testing capabilities of the Sri Lanka Army to 600 tests per day and will enhance our nation’s efforts to detect and control the spread of this pandemic,” said Ramya Wickramasingha, Chairman, CBL Group.

“Sri Lanka has done a remarkable job of restricting the spread of COVID-19 in the country and it has been an exemplary demonstration of pandemic control that other countries can emulate. On behalf of WSO2, I’d like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in these containment efforts, particularly the health officials and armed forces who have been at the forefront. We’re pleased to join Sampath Bank and CBL Group in this endeavor to increase the PCR testing capacity of the Colombo Army Hospital significantly as the authorities continue to test, identify, and contain the spread of this pandemic in our country,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder and CEO of WSO2.

Image credits: Sri Lanka Army

Image credits: Sri Lanka Army

Image credits: Sri Lanka Army

About Sampath Bank

Established in 1987, Sampath Bank has become a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today thanks to its constant innovation and customer focused approach to business. Its unique tailor-made solutions, superior services, and convenience of access have allowed Sampath Bank to further differentiate itself from the competition and stand out as the bank of choice for many in Sri Lanka.

About CBL Group

The CBL Group is a leading Sri Lankan food conglomerate with manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and overseas, exporting to over 60 countries. Established in 1968 with the protein enriched Care biscuit, today, CBL continues to create food with purpose, with a brand portfolio that includes Munchee, Ritzbury, Revello, Tiara, Samaposha, Nutriline, Sera, and a range of organic fruits and spices.

About WSO2

WSO2 was founded in 2005. Our open source, API-first, and decentralized approach helps developers and architects to be more productive and rapidly build digital products to meet demand. Customers choose us for our broad, integrated platform, approach to open source, and digital transformation methodology. The company’s hybrid platform for developing, reusing, running, and managing integrations prevents lock-in through open source software that runs on-premises or in the cloud. WSO2 employs over 650 engineers, consultants, and professionals worldwide and has offices in the US, the UK, Australia, Brazil, Germany, and Sri Lanka. Today, hundreds of leading brands and thousands of global projects execute over 6 trillion transactions annually using WSO2 integration technologies and identity solutions. Visit and follow WSO2 on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more.

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