Japan Extended Rs. 15,619 million for Health and Medical Service Improvement Project (Yen Loan)

March 14, 2018

On the occasion of the Sri Lankan President’s visit to Japan, an Exchange of Notes for the Health and Medical Service Improvement Project (Yen Loan) amounting up to Japanese Yen 10,639 million (approximately Rs. 15,619 million) was signed on March 14, 2018 in Tokyo between H.E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan on behalf of the Government of Japan and H.E. Prof. Dhamika Ganganath Dissanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka in the presence of H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and H.E Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.



Health and Medical Service Improvement Project will be divided into 3 components such as construction of facilities and procurement of equipment for 5 tertiary hospitals (Central, North Western, North Central, Uva and Eastern provinces), procurement of equipment for medical laboratory technologist schools and procurement of equipment for the maintenance of medical equipment.  It aims to improve the medical services for diagnosis and treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases specially cardiovascular diseases as it has been the largest cause of death accounting more than 40% of total deaths in Sri Lanka. 
 
Japan hopes that this project would further strengthen the existing bilateral relationships and contribute significantly to enhance the social and economic development in Sri Lanka in line with its development agenda.