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* Sri Lanka to purchase advanced medical equipment from Rs. 520 million grant from Japan
Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 12:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 20, Colombo: The Japanese government, strengthening the long term economic cooperation with Sri Lanka, has agreed to grant the government Rs. 520 million under Non Project Grant Aid.

The Sri Lankan government has decided to utilize the grant to provide advanced medical equipment to health care facilities to improve their services and uplift the health standards of Sri Lankan public, who are especially, living in emerging regions, the Finance Ministry said.

The government with the grant assistance will purchase essential bio-medical equipment manufactured in East Japan, especially in the Tohoku region.

The advanced equipment will be distributed to rural, urban and national hospitals in the country aiming to enhance the quality of health services provided by them to the people.

The Sri Lankan government said the great earth quake that hit East Japan in 2011 caused severe damages to the local economy and this grant scheme will mutually benefit both the people and the economies of the Tohoku region and Sri Lanka as well.

The signing of Exchange of Notes of the grant took place Thursday (December 19) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Colombo. Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka Nobuhito Hobo signed on behalf of the Government of Japan while Dr. P B Jayasundera, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning signed on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.

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