Bonanza for migrant workers
The Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Ministry jointly with
the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital has taken steps to provide free medical
facilities to Lankan migrant workers who return due to illnesses caused
while working abroad, Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister
Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday.
Accordingly, an agreement was signed between the Foreign Employment
Promotions and Welfare Ministry and Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital at the
The move is aimed at extending more concessions to Lankan migrant
workers who bring the bulk of the foreign exchange to the country. The
Ministry will settle the unlimited medical expenses if such workers seek
treatment at the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital.
There are 1.5 million Sri Lankans working abroad, especially in the
Middle East. Out of this 60 per cent are women, the Minister said.
In addition the Minister said the foreign missions would inform the
Foreign Employment Ministry when an employee would be sent for
treatment. After the arrival of the patient at the Bandaranaike
International Airport, the patient would be taken to the Sri
Jayawardenapura Hospital and treated or if needed hospitalised.
As a result of the discussions between the President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and the King of Jordan during his recent visit, the government
of Jordan had pledged to withdraw "Akama" charge on Sri Lankan