Health budget has increased four fold since 2005 - President



By Don Asoka Wijewardena  


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday that when he came to power in 2005, the budget allocation for the health sector had been only Rs. 38 billion. But, the government had allocated about Rs.155 billion for 2014.


In 2005, around 13,000 nurses had been employed in the health sector, but today Sri Lanka had about 36,000 nurses, he said.


The President was speaking at the ceremony, at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, where letters of appointment were handed over to 1,821 newly trained nurses, 4,214 nursing trainees, 1,120 paramedics and 300 allied health science workers,.


President Rajapaksa said that apart from the salaries paid to the medical and nursing staff in the health sector, the government would have to allocate Rs. 1,700 million per month for newly appointed employees.


Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that President Rajapaksa had fulfilled the pledge mentioned in the Mahinda Chinthanaya. Although the Health Ministry had been doing a great service amidst many difficulties, it very often received brickbats. But, by and large, the Sri Lanka health services had received many accolades.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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