Disparities noted in Sri Lanka in access to quality health care

 

Disparities noted in Sri Lanka in access to quality health care

She also met with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Nazeer Ahmed, and Provincial Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs, Sports, and Youth Affairs, S. Thandauthapani, to discuss the importance of investing in young people. Sri Lanka’s health indicators often stand out compared to its South Asian counterparts. However, areas like the Eachchilampattu Division in Trincomalee hardly meet the basic needs of its community and are reminders of the regional disparities in access to quality services in the country, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka said.UNFPA Country Representative, Ms. Ritsu Nacken visited Trincomalee and met with the Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando, to affirm UNFPAs long-standing commitment to the Eastern Province. Acknowledging the high level of unemployed graduates in Trincomalee, Chief Minister Nazeer, stated: “It is imperative to address regional disparities among youth that exist in education, health and skills development”. Sri Lanka’s health indicators often stand out compared to its South Asian counterparts. However, areas like the Eachchilampattu Division in Trincomalee hardly meet the basic needs of its community and are reminders of the regional disparities in access to quality services in the country. Ms. Nacken also made a visit to the Eachilampattu Hospital and to the village community in the area.Through the visit, it was highlighted that while Sri Lanka has good national health indicators, regional disparities in access to quality health care and other services exist; the need to address these issues, while harnessing youth potential is a must in the journey towards achieving the 2030 agenda while leaving no one behind. (Colombo Gazette)

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