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* Seychelles seeks Sri Lanka's assistance to develop country's health sector
Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 07:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 15, Colombo: A visiting health sector delegation of Seychelles led by the Minister of Health Mrs. Mitcy Larue has sought Sri Lanka's assistance in developing that country's heath sector.

The Seychelles Health Minister and her delegation called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (Aug. 14) afternoon.

Accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Health Care Agency Dr. Suresh Menon and several other high-level health officials from Seychelles, Minister Larue requested President Rajapaksa for Sri Lanka's assistance to further develop several areas of her country's health sector.

Expressing his satisfaction of the recent strengthening of bilateral ties between the two island nations, President Rajapaksa assured Sri Lanka's assistance.

"The changes and progress we have seen [in Sri Lanka] is just remarkable," Mrs. Larue said. "As island nations, we really need to work together."

The delegation, on a study tour to explore the health care sector in the country, had visited both Government and private hospitals in Sri Lanka and spoke highly of the services available in the country.

"Your health indicators are as good as any developed country," said Dr. Menon, while requesting the President for assistance in two specific areas: Assistance in developing primary health centers and Assistance in training doctors and specialized nurses.

The delegation pointed out that there are a number of Sri Lankan doctors working in Seychelles, providing excellent services to the people. Dr. Menon also mentioned that the country's biomedical unit is almost entirely staffed by Sri Lankans.

During his visit to Seychelles in June this year, President Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with Seychelles on strengthening the collaboration in the health sector. The President also declared open a Nawaloka Medical Center in the country's capital city Victoria.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne and Secretary to the Ministry of Health Mrs. Sudharma Karunaratne were also present for the meeting.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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