|Chinese Ambassador H.E. Yi Xianliang Elaborates the Efforts Made by China in Helping Sri Lanka Control Chronic Kidney Disease|
On July 29, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Yi Xianliang was invited to attend a meeting presided by Sri Lanka President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss how to deal with chronic kidney disease(CKD) with the participation of the heads of other Colombo-based diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations. Ambassador Yi said, China always support Sri Lanka to improve the quality of drinking water and deal with the CKD problem, and China has taken some significant measures to help Sri Lanka in this field, and will continue to do so.
First of all, during the past three years, the experts from Chinese Academy of Science has visited Sri Lanka and studied the water quality in certain areas for seven times. A cooperation MOU was signed between Chinese Academy of Science and the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage of Sri Lanka when Presisent Maithripala Sirisena paid a state visit to China in Mrach 2015.
Secondly, with the support of the preferential loans and commercial loans from China, Chinese companies have completed and are still constructing several water supply projects aimed at providing clean drinking water to local people.
Thirdly, China agreed to provide grant assistance to establish a kidney hospital at the request of Sri Lanka government when Presisent Maithripala Sirisena visited China in March 2015. Considering the local conditions, The two sides are contemplating to eatablish clinics affiliated to the kidney hospital at some other districts.
President Maithripala Sirisena highly appreciated the efforts made by Chinese side, and asked Ministry of Health and Ministry of Urban Development and Drainage to keep close communication with Chinese side.
Sri Lanka media have widely covered the remarks made by Ambassador Yi.