October 4, 2010
The new three-storied facility at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital
A new state-of-the-art facility at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital was declared open recently by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Kunio Takahashi in the presence of distinguished guests.
The new facility, funded under a 2,740 million rupee (2,193 million yen) grant by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and implemented by the Ministry of Health, provides local communities with much needed access to specialized healthcare services within the Anuradhapura district and contributes to the overall development of the North Central Province.
The waiting area of the outpatient department
It includes an out patient department, a pediatric intensive care unit, an obstetric and gynaecology theatre, clinic rooms, a pharmacy and a laboratory. Medical equipment required for the facility was also provided under the grant.
The Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, the only tertiary care hospital in the North Central region and one of the largest in Sri Lanka, offers healthcare services to a population of over two million within the district and in neighbouring districts. With a daily average of over 1,000 out patients and an occupancy rate of 115% the hospital has been rather congested and therefore hindered the provision of appropriate and timely medical services.
The new facility and equipment were provided at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka to facilitate the transformation of the Anuradhapura hospital from a general hospital to a teaching hospital.
The hospital with its new facility stands as a beacon of hope to thousands of people across the district and in neighbouring districts, providing quality healthcare services and minimizing difficulties faced by patients who will otherwise have to travel long distances to obtain such services.
JICA has also pledged support, under a 2,870 million rupee (2,298 million yen) grant, to restore health services in the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, in the Northern Province, and construction work is scheduled to commence shortly.
JICA supports the Government of Sri Lanka to develop health facilities and human capacity and contributes to the prevention of non-communicable diseases.
The entrance to the new facility
The President of Sri Lanka HE Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka HE Mr. Kunio Takahashi inspect the equipment of the new facility at the opening