The Government of Japan provided 3,935 million Japanese Yen (approximately LKR. 5,232 million) through JICA under the project named “Improvement of Basic Social Services Targeting Emerging Regions”. The improvement of production capacity of State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC) is one of the three pillars of this project. SPMC was first established in the year 1986 by the Government of Japan with a grant aid of 2.6 billion Japanese Yen and now Japan has upgraded SPMC by providing latest equipment, constructing a material storage building and refurbishing a part of SPMC building, with the assistance of 1,240 million Japanese Yen. With these improvements, SPMC is now expected to double their annual production of tablets/capsules and to meet 70% of the national drug demand (an increase of 25% compared to 43.6% in 2011).
Under this project, the following 2 components have been also implemented.
- Refurbishment of 4 secondary hospitals in Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and Eastern provinces (facilities and essential equipment necessary for early detection, treatment and prevention of non-communicable diseases have been provided.)
- Procurement of 86 Ambulances (Ministry of Health has distributed among base hospitals, divisional hospitals and district hospitals in North Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Northern, Uva and Eastern provinces.)
The Government of Japan sincerely wishes that this assistance will be effectively utilized to enhance the quality of the lives of the people, improve their health conditions and contribute to the long-term development of Sri Lanka.