Japan Grants JPY 800 million (USD 5.5 million) Medical Equipment to National Hospital and Ragama Teaching Hospital to Strengthen the Sustainable Medical System under the Current Economic Crisis


On October 27th, H.E. Ambassador MIZUKOSHI handed over JPY 800 million (USD 5.5 million) worth of medical equipment to the National Hospital in Sri Lanka (NHSL) and Ragama Teaching Hospital in the presence of the Health Minister, Hon. Rambukwella, to help establish a sustainable medical system adaptable to the current economic crisis and strengthen the readiness against COVID-19.

Japan has provided modern Japanese medical equipment including MRI, CT scanner, Angiography, central monitor, and bedside monitors. These items of equipment will also be utilized to inspect and treat people with chronic illnesses such as non-communicable diseases, which are serious challenges as the largest cause of death in Sri Lanka. The CT scanner is the first of its kind to be introduced at the National Hospital in Sri Lanka and installed in its newly established Open Patient Department, which can treat around 1,500 outpatients per day on average.

We hope that the new set of equipment will help to provide advanced and sustainable medical services to the people of Sri Lanka who are in need under the current unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic as well as grave economic predicament.