The Government of India will provide a grant of SLR200m ($1.5m) to construct a new ward complex at Vavuniya hospital in Sri Lanka as part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka.
The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka was quoted by Lanka Business Online as saying that the project includes construction of a four-storey ward complex to improve the existing infrastructure of the hospital to meet the growing demand for better treatment facilities.
"The construction of the 200-bed ward complex at Vavuniya will cater to the medical care needs of in-patients admitted to the hospital from Vavuniya and adjoining districts," the Commission added.
The Commission has awarded a contract to Wahid Constructions to construct the wards by February 2014.
India is also building a new SLR1.2bn ($9m) medical facility at Dickoya in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.
The 150-bed hospital is expected to be operational by April 2013.
The Indian government will also provide a ‘Bhabatron’ telecobalt radiotherapy machine to the general hospital in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.
India provided SLR230m ($1.7m) worth of medical equipment to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and to district hospitals at Kilinochchi and Mullaiteevu in January 2011 and 2012 respectively.