India to set up Surgical Unit for Batticaloa Teaching Hospital | Sunday Observer

India to set up Surgical Unit for Batticaloa Teaching Hospital

The Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting for Construction of Surgical Unit to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital chaired by Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob held at the High Commission of India on August 19.

It reviewed the progress of the Project. The meeting was attended by the officials of the High Commission of India, Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry, Department of External Resources and Department of Project Management and Monitoring of Ministry of Finance, Project Consultant from Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) and the contractor from the Malwatte Constructions.

The project worth SLR 262 million is set up as a High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) in Sri Lanka. The modernisation and improvement of infrastructure for surgeries will benefit the people in and around the Eastern Province.

India remains committed to further strengthening the health infrastructure of Sri Lanka by implementing grant projects like 1990 Suwaseriya Emergency Ambulance Service, Construction of sanitation units in Batticaloa. India donated 25 tonnes of emergency medicines and medical kits during the COVID pandemic to Sri Lanka. A special assistance of USD 1 million through the SAARC Development Fund was also provided for setting up a COVID isolation ward for the National Hospital in Kandy.

The projects are in continuation of Government of India’s people-oriented development cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka. India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at Rs. 517 billion and among these is SLR 92 billion under grants.