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‘SL has won international recognition for health sector’

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne handing over an award to Dr. Neelamani Hewageeganage, while Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Dr. Jayasundara Bandara and others look on.

Sri Lanka is well-ahead of other countries in the region when it comes to maximum life expectancy, equally high literacy rate among men and women, education, and minimum maternal and infant mortality rates, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

According to Minister Senaratne, the Sri Lankan health sector has already won recognition at an international level. Free health service is the base for this status. The Sri Lankan free health services has achieved a significant advancement during the past. He was addressing the gathering during a retired medical administrators' felicitation ceremony held in Colombo, recently.

Minister Senaratne added that the introduction of medical administrators for the health sector was a turning point in the Sri Lankan health sector. They contribute immensely towards the development of the health sector.

Medical administration is a challenging profession, but Sri Lankan medical administrators have the self-confidence and capability to win the challenge, he added.