'President helped health sector reach high levels'
Under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's
health sector has reached the highest level, Health Minister Maithripala
Sirisena said. "Every year the President allocates a large amount of
money for the health sector from the budget and Rs. 100 billion had been
allocated this year. Sri Lanka's health sector has also been fortunate
to receive a large amounts of foreign funds as donations as well as
loans," he said.
The minister also said that the Netherlands government had provided
Rs. 13 billion for the modernization of Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya
The Hambantota hospital would be developed with 750 new beds, while
the Nuwara Eliya hospital would be modernized with new buildings and 800
beds. "Constructions on the Jaffna Teaching Hospital will be completed
in the near future at a cost of Rs. 2,900 million.
JICA construction of the Hatton hospital, an Indian funded project,
would also be completed in the near future, the minister said.
He further said that the country's health sector was presently in a
good position due to the dedication of the health sector employees,
while doctors were considered the most valuable in the health sector.
Nearly 2,141 new doctor have been appointed during the past two
years, while 15 percent of them had been dispatched to the Northern
The ministry has given priority to develop the health facilities in
the Northern province.