Sri Lanka to re­ceive health­care fund­ing from Ja­pan

BioSpectrum (India) - - WORLD NEWS -

Sri Lanka will be get­ting a con­ces­sion­ary yen fa­cil­ity worth 15.5 bil­lion ru­pees from the gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan to boost spe­cial­ist health­care ser­vices for non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) at ru­ral hos­pi­tals and up­grade tech­nol­ogy at bio­med­i­cal and lab­o­ra­tory train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try. The gov­ern­ment is rolling out an ini­tia­tive called the ‘Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vice Im­prove­ment Project’ to fight the in­creas­ing trend of NCDs. The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment will fund the project with a con­ces­sion­ary loan of 10.63 bil­lion yen (ap­prox. 15.5 bil­lion ru­pees) through the Spe­cial Terms for Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship of the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency. This project will ex­pect to im­prove the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of NCDs, es­pe­cially car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases by im­prov­ing the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment in ter­tiary hos­pi­tals in Anu­rad­ha­puura, Kandy, Ku­rune­gala, Badulla and Trin­co­ma­lee. It will also up­grade tech­nol­ogy at the bio med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices pro­vided by the Health Min­istry and at med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory train­ing in­sti­tu­tions. The project is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by 2023.

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