Apr 15, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has instrcuted the Health Ministry officials to take necessary measures to expedite the construction of the eight-storey Thalassemia ward complex in the Kandy General Hospital.
The Ministry of Health recently has paid a sum of Rs 96 million to the contractor for the expeditious construction work. The cost of the construction of this ward complex is Rs. 1.7 billion.
Health Minister Senaratne's goal is to open the ward complex in the next two months and commence the bone marrow transplantations for Thalassemia patients.
The cost for such a bone marrow transplantation at a private hospital is over Rs. 4 million whereas the cost for the government for the operation at the Thalassemia ward complex will be less than Rs. 1 million.
The Minister points out that there are 3000 children with Thalassemia in the country and the Ministry of Health annually spends about Rs. 1.7 billion to provide the needed medicine and vaccinations for them.
Thalassemia patients have been reported from Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Batticaloa, Matara, Galle and Hambantota districts. The highest number of Thalassemia patients is reported from the Kurunegala District. At present 14 treatment centers have been established throughout the country to treat the Thalassemia patients.