President Maithripala Sirisena visited the construction site of the China – Sri Lanka Friendship Nephrology hospital in Polonnaruwa today (June 17) to inspect the progress.
The Chinese funding for the kidney hospital is a result of discussions held between President Sirisena and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the former’s official visit to China in 2015.
President Sirisena laid the foundation stone for this hospital on 21st July 2019, the largest such hospital in South Asia, and is equipped with state-of-art laboratory and technology facilities to treat kidney patients.
The hospital, consists of 200 bedded ward complex, OPD with 100 dialysis machines and six modern operation theaters, will be constructed at a total cost of Rs. 12 billion.
President reviewed the progress of the construction and held discussions with officials present at the site.
President was informed that the preliminary construction work has been completed and the hospital will be ready for full functioning by 30th July 2020.
A delegation of the Chinese government who visited the site recently declared that the construction is been done in accordance to the agreed plan and following proper standards.
During today’s inspection tour, President firmly advised officials to complete the construction on due date in order to provide treatments and healthcare to hundreds of patients who are suffering from this deadly ailment.
The Director of the Polonnaruwa General Hospital Dr. Indika Sampath Kumara and many other officials were present on this occasion.