Connect with us

News

Japan hands over 03 “Health on Wheels” trucks to MoH (Pics)

Published

on

Ambassador of Japan – Mr. Mizukoshi Hideaki handed over three “Health on Wheels” trucks to the Ministry of Health on May 06.
The project has been implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with financial support from the Government of Japan. These trucks valued at USD 380,000 represent a vital step in enhancing healthcare accessibility, particularly in the Uva, Central, and Southern provinces.

“Health on Wheels” is a pioneering mobile health unit designed to deliver essential maternal, newborn, and gynecological services, especially to at-risk women and girls during disasters or emergencies. Additionally, the vehicles will be deployed to remote geographical locations where the required facilities are not available to deliver services. Comprising a solar-powered, all-terrain vehicle and a fully-equipped medical compartment, these units ensure uninterrupted service delivery in difficult-to-reach areas.

The Health on Wheels initiative aims to ensure uninterrupted access to quality sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, including maternal health, family planning, and well-woman services for women, young people, and people with disabilities.

Through the deployment of these trucks, it is anticipated that women, young people, and people with disabilities will have improved access to lifesaving SRHR services. Additionally, these mobile clinics will contribute to enhancing health literacy and providing vital medical care to isolated communities.The Ministry of Health will ensure a team of dedicated competent healthcare staff will be allocated to each vehicle ensuring comprehensive healthcare services are provided to those in need.

Features:

  • Well-equipped medical compartment including gynecological examination bed, fetal doppler, and resuscitation equipment
  • Solar-powered vehicle for independent operation
  • Disability-friendly design
  • Retractable canopy for all-weather service
  • Office furniture and shower cubicle for hygiene maintenance
  • Generator for continuous power supply
  • Water purification system
  • Fire extinguisher for safety

The official handover of the Health on Wheels trucks marks a significant milestone in UNFPA Sri Lanka’s efforts together with the Governments of Sri Lanka and the people of Japan to improve healthcare accessibility, particularly in remote and vulnerable communities. This initiative underscores the commitment of UNFPA Sri Lanka and the Government of Japan to support the health and well-being of all Sri Lankans, especially women, girls, and young persons.

Dr Palitha Maheepala, Secretary, Ministry of Health says : “I firmly believe in the power of accessibility when it comes to healthcare. This Health on Wheels initiative is not merely about transportation; it’s a lifeline for women, young people, and individuals with disabilities in remote areas of our nation. By mobilizing medical trucks equipped with quality sexual and reproductive health services, we’re bridging the gap between healthcare and those who need it most. These mobile clinics signify more than just convenience; they represent our commitment to ensuring uninterrupted access to essential services such as maternal health, family planning, and well-woman services. With dedicated healthcare teams on board, we’re not just reaching communities; we’re delivering comprehensive care, enhancing health literacy, and saving lives.”

Mizukoshi Hideaki, Japanese Ambassador says: “Japan has been actively supporting Sri Lanka’s women as a partner country for Women, Peace, and Security. This project will enhance the quality of health services for rural women in Sri Lanka. Japan is committed to supporting women and girls in Sri Lanka across the country.”

Kunle Adeniyi, UNFPA Representative, Sri Lanka says :“UNFPA is thrilled to witness the fruition of our collaboration with the Governments of Sri Lanka and Japan in launching the ‘Health on Wheels’ initiative. With their solar-powered, all-terrain design and fully-equipped medical compartments, these units are not just means of transportation; they are lifelines for communities in the Uva, Central, and Southern provinces. These mobile units become indispensable in areas where infrastructure is lacking, and geographical barriers hinder access to healthcare facilities. Through this innovative approach, we are ensuring that essential maternal, newborn, and gynecological services are not just accessible but uninterrupted, even in the most remote and underserved areas. These bridge the gap between isolation and access, ensuring that no woman or girl is left behind in their quest for health and well-being.”

News

India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

Published

on

By

India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

Continue Reading

News

Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

Published

on

By

The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

Continue Reading

News

36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

Published

on

By

The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2024 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved