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Aug 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has planned implementing several new development projects in 2018 to improve the health services and facilities.

Sri Lanka's health care has reached a developed state due to investments made by the Government in the health sector for a long time,

By now, approximately 100% of preventive health services, 90% - 95% of residential care services, and 40% - 50% of outpatient health services are provided by the public sector.

Further improvement of health services in the country is needed in order to continue the provision of health services free of charge and to make the general public healthier while maintaining the health indicators in line with the developed countries, the government points out..

Accordingly, the government has planned to optimize allocations of physical and human resources to minimize the congestion at main hospitals, and improve facilities at peripheral hospitals in the country.

The government has also planned to establish pediatric, cancer, surgical, maternity, newborn, oral health, ward complexes and construct laboratories, pharmacies and clinics in rural area hospitals in order to provide specialist services to people in outskirts of main cities.

Accordingly a proposal made by the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to secure Rs. 28 billion in funds to launch and implement several development projects in 2018 received the approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.


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