Sri Lanka Jaffna hospital upgraded by Japan

Jan 20, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Jaffna hospital, the main state health facility in the former war torn northern peninsular is being upgraded with a 2.9 billion rupee grant in a three year project which began Thursday, the Japan International Co-operation Agency said. A central facility to house surgeries, intensive care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing and central supply and sterilizing will be built. Training will also be given to maintain equipment.

“The project will improve the efficiency of the hospital functions,” the JICA said in a statement.

“At a broader level, it will also help to strengthen the medical education function of the hospital and contribute to the social welfare of the people in the North.”

The project to restore ‘tertiary level’ medical facilities was in response to a request from the Sri Lanka government, JICA said.

“A large number of patients visit the hospital, the only tertiary level medical facility in
the northern region, on a daily basis from the district as well as from neighbouring
districts, for primary and secondary healthcare services.”