ECONOMYNEXT – Hambantota International Port Group has funded a Coronavirus PCR testing lab in the main hospital in the area amid a fresh Coronavirus wave and offered to link it with a top Chinese health facility and it a centre for regional disease control.
Funding for the PCR lab came from the China Merchants Foundation, a charity run by HIPG parent CM Ports group. CM Ports operates Hambantota port as the senior partner in a joint venture with Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
“A fully-fledged PCR testing laboratory was a long-standing need of this region and we believe the new facility will bring the much-needed infrastructure support to help maintain the health and safety of the Hambantota community,” Chief Executive of HIPG, Johnson Liu said.
Liu also offered to bridge a lead hospital in China with the Hambantota District General hospital for further collaboration, the statement said.
Infrastructure support for the PCR testing facility will be a first step in positioning the Hambantota General Hospital as the disease control centre for the Southern region, he said.
China had in 2018 donated medical equipment to nearby Tangalle base hospital.
There is an industrial zone next to Hambantota port and the area and HIPG is promoting Chinese firms to come and set up shop, requiring high-quality medical care.
The funding for the lab was provided at a ceremony attended by Minister for Irrigation Chamal Rajapaksa, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Namal Rajapaksa and State Minister – Aviation and Export Zones Development D. V. Chanaka, HIPG said. (Colombo/June21/20210)