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* Japanese funds to improve Jaffna Teaching Hospital in Northern Sri Lanka
Sat, Mar 27, 2010, 07:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received a grant of nearly three billion rupees from the Government of Japan to develop the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) extending its 'promising hope to the people of the North' has granted aid worth of Japanese Yen 2.298 billion for the improvement of central functions of Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH), a press release said.

The project, identified as important under the "Uthuru Wasanthaya" accelerated development program for the North, will be implemented by the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition.

The project plans to construct a new four-storied building with an area of 6,870 square meters, that houses a new operation theatre complex including incentive care units (ICUs) and central supply and Sterilizing Department (CSSD), a new laboratory complex, Radiological Diagnosis Department, Neurology and Cardiology Unit with the necessary equipment.

JTH is the only tertiary care institution in the Northern area which caters to a large population of about 650,000. It is overcrowded due to the lower-level medical facilities in the region having been destroyed by the internal conflict and is not functioning up to the need of the area.

JICA and the government of Sri Lanka recently signed the grant agreement in Colombo for the project.

Another three JICA-funded projects for the development of the Northern area are underway, the release said. These include a digital topographic mapping project aimed at updating the topographical database and maps for the entire Northern Province through digital aerial photography. The other two projects will formulate road maps to promote post-conflict rehabilitation in Jaffna and to recover economic activities in the Mannar districts.

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