“Vision of Prosperity” According to the Government Policy Statement, a special discussion on the work to be done by the Ministry of Health in the field of health in Sri Lanka by the year 2025 and development activities was held on the 25th under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Pavithra Wanniarachchi.
The focus was on resolving primary health care issues, which are a major problem in rural areas across the country. Discussions were held on the deficiencies in the buildings and medical equipment of the existing rural hospitals as physical resources and the provision of doctors and staff required to maintain those rural hospitals.
It was revealed that plans have been made to add 1600 doctors to the list of doctors who will be appointed in the next two months to alleviate the shortage of doctors.
In addition to the Ministry’s allocations, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have also initiated programs on concessional loan assistance to alleviate the shortage of physical resources in these hospitals.
The Ministry has also initiated a special program to control non-communicable diseases.
It was also revealed that the Ministry of Health has prepared a special program to take necessary measures to address the daily health problems of the Sri Lankan people in the face of the current corona menace, which is a major obstacle to the implementation of these programs. The Government has taken steps to provide the necessary financial allocations for this purpose to the Ministry of Health.
Maj. Gen. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary General of Health, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health, Additional Secretaries and Deputy Directors General and Heads of Departments were also present on the occasion.(GOV)