Sri Lanka ‘has one of the best heath services in the world’ say top WHO medical experts
Sri Lanka’s free health service is one of the best in the world, says World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
NewsIn.Asia reports Dr Tedros as saying that the reason Sri Lanka has such a high-quality health service is because of its free availability and “the country’s political leadership gives clear guidance”.
Millions of tourists who visit the island stand to benefit, as do the majority of Sri Lanka’s 22 million population who rely on state hospitals across the country.
Two year’s ago the WHO certified Sri Lanka as malaria free after a nation wide campaign. Terming it as a remarkable achievement, the WHO said Sri Lanka was “an example to other nations”.
Dr Tedros said that Sri Lanka, which was earlier ranked as a low-income country, is now a middle-income nation, and because of this the island’s heath sector is “excellent”.
WHO Regional Director for South East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh adds that “the WHO has planned to achieve sustainable development goals by 2030, but Sri Lanka has already achieved some of them”.
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