Outpatient Building Project of National Hospital launched with Chinese assistance

By Zacky Jabbar

The Outpatient Building Project of National Hospital symbolizing friendship between China and Sri Lanka was launched last week in the presence of Health Minister RAjitha Senaratne and Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang. 

The large scale state-of-the-art outpatient department complex will be completed by 2020, which would provide more quality medical services to the Sri Lankan people.

 Minister Seneratne said the deep-rooted friendship between Sri Lanka and China has lasted for thousands of years.

"China provided a large amount of assistance to Sri Lanka in various sectors. And China has never intervened in the internal affairs of other countries. China has donated a lot of Projects in Sri Lanka, such as BMICH, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center, Superior Courts Complex, etc. This project will be the new landmark witnessinf the friendship between Sri Lanka and China, he said expressing sincere thanks to the Chinese Government and the Chinese People. "

Ambassador Yi said that, the event witnessed the friendship between China and Sri Lanka and the two peoples.

"This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka. Almost everyone in China knows about the Rice-Rubber Pact signed 65 years ago. China and Sri Lanka maintain deep cooperation in broad sectors such as culture, Buddhism, economic cooperation, etc.

"About four months ago President Maithripala Sirisena and Chairman Yu Zhengsheng jointly laid the foundation stone for this Project. The grant for this Project provided by Chinese Government amounts to 12.1 billion Sri Lankan Rupees, equal to nearly 80 million US$.

"As mentioned by  Minister Seneratne, China has never intervened in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, and neither will it in the future. Sri Lanka belongs to the people of Sri Lanka forever. The aim of projects financially supported, invested or constructed by Chinese side is only to help the development of Sri Lanka.

"The Projects will witness the prosperity of Sri Lanka and the friendship of the two countries. Sri Lanka is one of the countries receiving largest amount of Chinese Aid. The health sector is the priority of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

"Each year, China donate about 20 million US$ for the health sector of Sri Lanka. There are two major China-donated hospital projects in Sri Lanka, one is the OPD Project of the National Hospital which commences today, another one is the Kidney Disease Hospital in Polonnaruwa expected to be started in this October. "

Ambassador Yi and  Minister Seneratne jointly cut the ribbon to commence construction of the project.

The 37.9 meters high OPD Complex is located in the center of Colombo, of which the construction area is about 49,150 square meters, with eight floors above ground level of 41,811 square meters and basement area of 7,286 square meters. The construction period is 39 months and completion is expected in December 2020.

The project is set to function as an outpatient department complex including emergency and outpatient departments, clinics, medical and technological rooms, logistics and administrative offices, wards, etc. Upon completion, it will become an important local landmark, and will be capable to receive about 6,000 patients every day.

The Outpatient Building Project of National Hospital of Sri Lanka is a grant project of the Chinese Government to the Sri Lankan Government and an important commemorative project of China-Sri Lanka friendship.

The total grant for this project is about 12.1 billion SL Rupees (equal to about 79.6 million US$).

The national leaders of both China and Sri Lanka pay great attention to this project that symbolizes the deepening friendship of the two countries. The foundation stone for this Project was laid by President Maithripala Sirisena and Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of Chinese People’s Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on April 7, 2017. It will be of great importance in improving the quality of national health service, strengthening cooperation and exchanges between China and Sri Lanka in the sectors of health, nutrition and indigenous medicine, and benefiting the local people of Sri Lanka. The ambassador said.

The project is designed by Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd.(BIAD), which is also the designer of Nelum Pokuna Theatre. It will be built by China Railway 25th Bureau Group Co., Ltd. affiliated with China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), which is one of the world top 500 enterprises. The supervision company of the project is BIAD and Shenyang Engineering Supervision Consulting Co., Ltd.

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