ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka Health Ministry plans to expand cancer hospitals in the country and modernize facilities as funding improves in the future, a top official said.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed the Ministry of Health to establish four new hospitals for cancer patients in the Jaffna, Hambantota, Badulla, and Anuradhapura Districts.
“In these hospitals we will be establishing high energy radiation facilities, but we are still in the planning process”, Janaka Sri Chandraguptha, the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, told Economy Next.
“Also for the hospitals that we are going to build, we will be providing Linear Accelerate machines too, as the proposal is already given but due to the lack of money we cannot implement it for now”.
There is a delay in some projects due to foreign exchange shortages, he said.
Apart from the four hospitals, the ministry plans to establish nine cancer treatment centers in all nine provinces of the island. There are now cancer treatment centers in Karapitiya, Maharagama, Kandy, Kurunagala and Ratnapura areas.
President Wickremesinghe has also instructed officials to appoint a committee to study the possibility of starting a Modern Laboratory on Medical research and submit its report within two months.
According to the Health Ministry, around 30,000 new cancer patients are being identified annually in Sri Lanka and a total of 35,668 new patients were registered at each Cancer Treatment Unit in the year of 2021 up from 29,604 in 2020. (Colombo/ Mar 05/2023)
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