Will seek more help from India to develop health sector: PM

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Sri Lanka will seek more Indian assistance to develop its health sector including the indigenous medicine sector, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Speaking at the inauguration of the emergency pre-hospital care ambulance service at the Galle Face Green in Colombo, the Prime Minister said Indian assistance could be extended towards the indigenous medicine sector as well.

“We will seek more assistance from India to develop the health sector. India has already assured construction of two hospitals in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will obtain dialysis machines from India. We should remember that indigenous medicine came to Sri Lanka from India. We can use India as a role model for the development of indigenous medicine and launch an Indo-Lanka joint programme to develop indigenous medicine,” he said.

The Prime Minister said in the Sri Lankan vocabulary helping the sick is a meritorious deed.

"Therefore what we have seen today is such a deed. This meritorious deed has been performed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I asked him whether India could assist Sri Lanka to start up a pre-hospital care ambulance service. He obliged immediately,” he said adding that the biggest meritorious deed according to Buddhism and Hinduism was looking after the sick.

The Prime Minister recalled that the Sri Lankan people were engaged in business with India long before the Indo-Lanka trade pact came into being.

“The ancient kings did not prohibit trade pacts with India. If there was a prohibition, Tappasu and Balluka would have not come to Sri Lanka. One should be aware of all these factors and make use of Indo Lanka relations,” he stressed. Finally he said those who criticized the pre emergency care ambulance service today would praise it in the near future. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Saman Friday, 29 July 2016 03:09 AM

    India?

    shafi Friday, 29 July 2016 05:04 AM

    India is doing well in health sectors and ahead of some developed countries in doing very critical things and no doubt about it.However saying that , how honest they are when practicing i can remember how Indian doctors cheated in some well known hospitals even patient had to say bi to this world. They money minded this a cultural thing come from them as " Money is part of their God."

    Jude Friday, 29 July 2016 06:49 AM

    SL PM got the right idea!!!I India should be involved to invest more in SL.

    ANTON Friday, 29 July 2016 07:03 AM

    "BUT WE ARE GOING TO SINGAPORE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENTS" IT IS IN OUR CONSTITUTION.

    ANTON Friday, 29 July 2016 07:05 AM

    ALMOST ALL THE PHARMACEUTICALS AND COSMETICS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOPS ARE FROM INDIA.

    annoyed Friday, 29 July 2016 08:57 AM

    Good move. Why not use each country's strengths. Even Budhisam is from India.

    m.a.hassen Friday, 29 July 2016 09:22 AM

    every countries ambulance painted red why its green only in Sri Lanka

    Bingo Friday, 29 July 2016 09:46 AM

    India = only quantity no quality. This applies to everything from tuk tuk to tata to layland to medicine to you name it..Full of garbage stuff for common man but Singapore treatment for thugs, goons and morons. When will people in SL wake up?

    Chux Friday, 29 July 2016 08:45 PM

    It's a shame to get advice from india to develop our medical sector

    Ray Friday, 29 July 2016 10:44 AM

    Can we now at least get the government hospitals to add more beds and develop it as of now two people share the bed or one is kept under the bed.... via DM Android App

    Harry Friday, 29 July 2016 11:58 AM

    Yeaah! With Illegal Kidney dealings!!!

    Harry Friday, 29 July 2016 12:01 PM

    Ray - why don't you visit Indian public Hospitals to justify your comment by yourself!

    Nadeesha Friday, 29 July 2016 12:36 PM

    India has already exported corruption and we have started to introduce it in every aspect of life.

    Kesa Friday, 29 July 2016 12:55 PM

    Yay, We all can have our kidneys forcefully take during a surgery. Hora Indian doctors.

    asanka de silva Friday, 29 July 2016 01:09 PM

    Never trust India or Indians.


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