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Welcome to the 1st Maternity Hospital in Sri Lanka/ Ceylon (the 2nd oldest maternity hospital in Asia). This historical institution, popularly known as the De Soysa Lying-in-Home or De Soysa Maternity Hospital (DMH), was founded in the year 1879 through the generosity of Charles Henry de Soysa, a great philanthropist of the era.

Indicated below are a few important landmarks in the history of this institution in relation to safe motherhood within Sri Lanka:

  • 1879 - The 1st Maternity Hospital in Sri Lanka/ Ceylon ( the 2nd oldest maternity hospital in Asia).

  • 1881 - The 1st midwifery training school in Sri Lanka/ Ceylon.

  • 1905 - The 1st caesarean operation performed in the island.

  • 1915 - The 1st training center for medical students and nurses in Sri Lanka.

  • 1921 - The 1st Ante-natal clinic in Asia, for pregnant mothers.

  • 2003 - The 2nd Government Hospital in Sri Lanka to win the Taiki Akimoto award for best implementation of '5 S' in the service sector.

Clinics Schedule

dmh clinics

Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella

Minister of Health

Mr. S. Janaka Sri Chandraguptha

Secretary - Ministry of Health

Dr. Asela Gunawardene

Director General of Health Services

Dr. Upuli Wijemanne

Director

Contact Us

  • Address - De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08.

  • TP - +94112662619-23, +94112696225-26

  • Fax - +94112697315

  • Email - directordmh1879@gmail.com