President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that his government will take very possible measure to eradicate the chronic kidney disease (CKD) that has become a challenge not only to the North- Central Province, but also to the entire country.
President Sirisena, speaking at a ceremony held at Mahasen Vidyalaya in Padaviya yesterday under the theme of "'Prevention of Causes for Kidney Disease", said the government has identified the causes of the disease and will take every possible measure towards the goal to eradicate the debilitating disease, mainly among the agricultural workers.
The President said only the standard agrochemicals and pesticides will be imported to the country as a measure to prevent the CKD among the farmers.
He stressed that the present government will not bow to the pressures from large companies and demands of multinational organizations, adding that it accepts only what is best for the country and rejects what is unsuitable.
President Sirisena encouraged the agriculture community to rely more on organic fertilizers and pointed out the benefits of them.
The President laid the foundation stone for a Kidney Disease Preventive and Cure Unit at the Padaviya General Hospital in the afternoon.
He also handed over ambulances, blood leak detector devices and chemical equipment for the North Central Province hospitals.
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister P. Harrison, MP Tissa Karaliyadde and Secretary to the Ministry of Health D.M.R.B. Dissanayake, and other senior officials were present.
At a function held earlier in the day at the Buddhi Hall in Polonnaruwa, the President distributed relief assistance to the flood-affected families whose houses were completely and partly damaged during last year's flood in Polonnaruwa District.
The total cost of the assistance is Rs.35 million and it covered all the Divisional Secretariats in Polonnaruwa District.
Minister John Amaratunga, Deputy Minister Vasantha Senanayake, and Secretary to the Ministry of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs T.M.K.B. Tennakoon and District Secretary of Polonnaruwa Nimal Abeysiri were also present in this occasion.