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Maternal and Child Health Centre in Buddhangala opened with Japanese assistance


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4The Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma visited Anuradhapura District to be present at the opening of the Maternal and Child Health Centre in Buddhangala, Padaviya Division, which has been constructed under ODA grant aid from the people of Japan.

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The centre was officially opened on 21 August in the presence of Suganuma, Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake, Former Minister of Child and Women Affairs Tissa Karaliyadda, Provincial Minister of Health in the North Central Province Herath Banda, PLAN International Programme Manager Karu Bandara, other officials from the Government and community members of Buddangala.  

The construction of the health centre along with furniture and medical equipment was funded by the Government of Japan under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) amounting $ 73,982 (approx. Rs. 10.4 million). The project was implemented by PLAN International Sri Lanka with the support of the Provincial Department of Health Services, North Central Province. 



Padaviya Division had been badly affected by the past three decades of ethnic conflict. Through this project, about 800 women (from over 500 families) in the region will benefit by receiving much needed maternal and child health care. The support of PLAN International in the implementation of the project as well as in facilitating the nutritional environment of the community through health and nutritional programs for mothers will complement the function of this Health Clinic Centre. 

This health clinic will also be able to contribute to the prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu), through CKDu screening tests and awareness sessions. The centre will also support vaccination programs, antenatal clinics, as well as women clinics, pre-pregnancy education sessions and Non Communicable Disease awareness sessions etc, which were earlier not sufficiently provided to the community due to lack of space and facility.

 


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