US $200 mn from WB to control NCDs, primary health care

The World Bank has offered US $200 million to Sri Lanka to control Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and to develop primary health care facilities, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.According to Minister Senaratne, the implementation of the relevant projects and programmes using these funds will commence within the next two months to curb NCDs and upgrade primary health care in Sri Lanka.

The Minister was addressing a gathering at a ceremony held in Colombo recently. Minister Senaratne pointed out that the second health development programme funded by the World Bank completed has been successfully completed.Future programmes will be aimed at curbing NCDs and upgrading primary health care.

Minister Senaratne presented tokens of appreciation to health officials who contributed towards the successful implementation of the second programme. Several World Bank and Health Ministry officials were present.