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The government of China has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Sri Lanka agreeing to construct a fully equipped hospital complex in Polonnaruwa for Nephrology at a cost of approximately Rs. 12.8 billion, government spokesman, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne announced last week.

The joint proposal made by Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne and Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera to acquire an adjoining land of 7.27 hectares possessed by the National Aquaculture Development Authority in Polonnaruwa District and the Fresh Water Fish Hatcheries Station as the existing space in the hospital is inadequate for these constructions and to provide necessary land, financial provisions and infrastructures to relocate the said institutions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The North Central Province is one of the worst affected areas with Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka. According to recent statistics, nearly 2500 kidney patients are followed up in renal clinic in District General Hospital, Polonnaruwa.