Health sector to get Rs 8,000 min foreign support
Many countries and international organizations have agreed to provide
Rs 8,000 million for the development of the health sector in 2012, said
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.
The government has already allocated Rs 100 billion for the health
sector and it is the largest amount of funds which were allocated in the
history of the health sector.
Many countries including India, Unites States of America, Belgium,
Japan and Germany and International organizations including the World
Health Organization have agreed to provide financial aid of Rs 8,000
million, said the minister. He also said that main reason for providing
aid is the free health service in the country. The international
community appreciates the free health service as foreign patients can
also get free health facilities through government hospitals.
With all these financial assistances, the ministry plans to develop
the infrastructure facilities of hospitals in a proper way and enhance
the country's health service, he said.