Sri Lanka opens Rs. 12 billion Chinese grant funded Nephrology Specialized Hospital
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week declared open the China-Sri Lanka Friendship National Nephrology Specialised Hospital in the country’s North Central Provincial city of Polonnaruwa.
The hospital complex was reportedly received by Sri Lanka as a full grant from the Chinese government at the request of Sri Lanka’s former President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to China in 2015.
According to reports, the hospital complex spans over an area of 16 acres and has been designed with the influence of ancient architecture of Sri Lanka and China and the hospital was built at a cost of Rs. 12,000 million within 30 months.
The hospital consists of five operating theatres with modern facilities for kidney transplants and can accommodate 200 in-house patients while the number of beds in the intensive care unit is 20 and the hospital includes a dialysis unit equipped with 100 machines, a clinic complex for kidney patients, state-of-the-art laboratories, radiation and CT scan services, and a state-of-the-art auditorium, local media reports had highlighted.
President Rajapaksa had unveiled the plaque and inaugurated the hospital complex.
Sri Lanka’s former President Sirisena, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, North Central Province Governor Maheepala Herath, State Ministers Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Channa Jayasumana, Roshan Ranasinghe, Siripala Gamlath, MPs Amarakeerthi Athukorala, Suren Raghavan, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Health Secretary Major General (retired) Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Health Services Director General Dr. Asela Gunawardane, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong and others were present at the inaugural ceremony.
The government of Sri Lanka is focused on developing and upgrading the country’s health infrastructure as well as increase the manufacturing capacity of pharmaceuticals. The developments in the health sector have expanded business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s health sector.
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