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 Post subject: Australia to upgrade Batticaloa, Ampara and Galle hospitals
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:55 pm 
Australia to upgrade Sri Lanka's tsunami-hit hospitals

@ Xinhua

COLOMBO, Mar 24, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Three tsunami-affected hospitals in Sri Lanka are to be upgraded with assistance from an Australian medical company, Sri Lankan Presidential Office said Thursday in a statement.

The Australian Medical Company, one of Australia's largest private hospital groups, has made an assessment study of the short and long term needs of these hospitals in Batticaloa, Ampara and Galle, respectively.

The company submitted its comprehensive proposal to the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday, said the statement.

It aims to deliver up to 1.5 million US dollars of medical equipment each year to these hospitals for the next five years.

The aid package includes specialized medical equipment for surgery and training for medical staff.

The Sri Lankan government said the very modern medical facilities will improve the work environment in these three hospitals.

It will also serve as an impetus for young Sri Lankan surgeons to continue to work in Sri Lanka and resist moving overseas.

The Dec. 26 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed more than 30,000 Sri Lankans and seriously destroyed many facilities in the country's coastal area.


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