Colombo, May 18, 2021 – Brandix Apparel Limited has handed over its former Brandix Casualwear apparel facility in Seeduwa to be converted to a 1200-bed Intermediate Care Centre for COVID-19 with immediate effect, to support the Government’s efforts to combat the ongoing wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. Converted by the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), the facility will serve as a hospital to treat COVID-19 patients, with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense in charge of its management and administration.
The apparel facility was Brandix’s first facility to receive international recognition for its benchmark sustainability processes, and in 2008 was recognised as the World’s first Apparel Manufacturing Plant to be LEED Platinum certified. In its capacity as the Intermediate Care Centre, the solar powered and air-conditioned facility will operate with all current systems in place.
“The rising number of COVID-19 cases is a grave concern for us as a nation, and we are humbled to be able to offer our assistance to the ongoing efforts to curb the crisis. The Seeduwa facility was a flagship factory for Brandix, built to exacting environmental standards, and we are glad to hand it over to the Government of Sri Lanka as a solution to an essential need for the treatment of COVID patients,” stated the Spokesperson for Brandix Apparel Limited.
The Intermediate Care Centre in Seeduwa is fully equipped to care for 1,200 patients at any given time and has residential facilities for medical and support staff caring for patients. The Seeduwa facility is the third such factory to be handed by Brandix to combat COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, following the Punani Quarantine Facility in Batticaloa and Pinnawela Quarantine Center in Rambukkana, which were handed over for COVID relief activities last year.