Sri Lanka and China have signed a MoU to construct a hospital for kidney patients in the island nation’s North Central province. The National Nephrology Hospital at Polonnaruwa is to be built under a donation of the Chinese government at the request of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Xinhua news agency reported. Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry official Janaka Sri Chandraguptha signed the MoU on Tuesday with a Chinese diplomat, Yang Zuoyuan. President Sirisena was present at the ceremony.
The hospital will have 200 beds, 100 blood dialysis machines, and a modern surgery complex. The facility will cover Polonnaruwa and surrounding areas like Trincomalee, Hambantota, and Kandy. The construction will begin before October this year. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.