Japan gives Rs. 460 m for Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital
The Japanese Government has provided a grant of Japanese Yen 390
million (Rs. 460 million) under its grant aid scheme for the improvement
of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital (Phase II).
This grant will be provided in addition to the Japanese Yen 1803
million provided on May 13, 2008 for the construction of a new three
storied building with a floor area of around 7,500 square metres to
house the Obstetric Gynaecology Operation Theatre, Paediatric Intensive
Care Unit and Outdoor Patients Department (OPD).
The proceeds of this grant will be used for procurement of medical
equipment and services from Japan for the buildings being constructed
under phase I of the grant. The existing hospital will be transformed
into a fully fledged hospital with modern equipment and facilities
through these improvements.
Over 1.3 million people in the Anuradhapura District and Vavuniya,
Mannar, Trincomalee and Puttalam where the healthcare facilities are
comparatively poor will benefit from this project.
The project will be implemented by the Healthcare and Nutrition
Ministry and is expected to be completed by 2010.
The signing of exchange of notes pertaining to the grant took place
at the Finance and Planning Ministry.
Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka Kiyoshi Araki signed on behalf of
the Government of Japan while Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary
Sumith Abeysinghe, signed on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government.
A grant agreement was also signed between the Sri Lankan Government
and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Yasuko Nishino,
Senior Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office signed on behalf of the
JICA and Sumith Abeysinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning
signed on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government.