China donates 8 mobile laboratory buses to Sri Lanka for screening kidney patients

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China donates 8 mobile laboratory buses to Sri Lanka for screening kidney patients


Mon, Sep 26, 2022, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 26, Colombo: The Government of China has donated eight fully-equipped state-of-the-art mobile laboratory buses worth over Rs. 660 million to Sri Lanka for the diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in patients.

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, QI Zhenhong, officially handed over the state-of-the-art mobile laboratory buses to the Minister of Health, Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, today (26) at the Colombo National Hospital premises.

The 8 state-of-the-art CKD Screening Vehicles (mobile labs) complying with international standards will be commissioned to the regional health service directorate offices in CKDu affected areas in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Vavuniya, Ampara, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Matale and Badulla districts, according to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo.

Personnel training and equipment examining have been an important part of the donation, before the 8 mobile labs enter commissioning, the Embassy said.

The facilities of these mobile vehicles are similar to the laboratory facilities of a basic hospital in this country and it is operated by electricity. But it is also mentioned that there are generator facilities in the mobile labs so that tests can be done in areas where there is no electricity as well.

Each CKD Vehicle is fully equipped with professional devices including two refrigerators, Radiochemistry Analyzer, Electrolyte Analyzer, Microscope, Hematology Analyzer, Urine Analyzer, Water Purification System, Ultrasound Diagnostic Scanning System, and Centrifuge etc.

About 500 people can be tested daily through the mobile laboratories, and kidney patients can be identified at the district level and local level.

Dr. Asanga Ranasinghe, director of the kidney disease prevention and testing unit, said that these mobile laboratories can also be used for laboratory work in emergency disaster situations such as Covid.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka QI Zhenhong also handed over the 650 million rupees worth of medicines and medical supplies sent to Sri Lanka by the Chinese government to the Minister of Health.

The donation made under China’s RMB 500 million emergency humanitarian assistance through China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) arrived in the island last Friday (23 Sept). This donated stock includes 17 types of essential medicines including vaccines to prevent rabies.

More medicines and medical supplies worth 5 billion rupees will be handed over and delivered to hospitals and patients across the island in the coming months, the embassy said.

Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella thanked the Government and the people of China for making such high, timely donations for the health sector and that these donations are extremely important at a time when Sri Lanka has reached an unprecedented difficult time in history.

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