JICA distributes Rs. 400 mn of hospital equipment

In a bid to further strengthen health services in the country under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assistance project, hospital supplies worth 400 million rupees were distributed on Wednesday ( 19) to nine hospitals across the country to the Ministry of Health.

Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mizukoshi Hideaki officially handed over the equipment to Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. In this context, equipment will be provided to the basic hospitals of Teldeniya, Warakapola, Welikanda, Pimbura, Karawanella, Avissawella, Nawalapitiya, Hingurakgoda as well as to the general hospital of the district of Hambantota.

The Government of Japan as well as JICA have been supporting the Sri Lankan healthcare system for a long time and have initiated a number of projects to develop the hospital system in Sri Lanka.

Minister Rambukwella expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan and the Japanese people for their generosity over a long period of time and said that Japan has extended its support to Sri Lanka under the leadership of various Heads of State and Government.

Ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki said that Japan and Sri Lanka have been close friends for more than 70 years and have been able to implement a number of projects, including with the help of JICA for health care.

He added that JICA had provided significant assistance to Sri Lanka for a number of services such as upgrading vaccination and PCR laboratory services during the pandemic.

Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Major General Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Deputy Secretary Dr. Sunil Alwis, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena and Senior Representative of JICA Project in Sri Lanka, Takashima Kiyofumi, also participated.

Lillian L. Pena