President Maithripala Sirisena received a thorough report on measures to prevent chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Rauff Hakeem presented the report to President Sirisena today at a special conference organized by the Water Supply and Drainage Board together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences which was held at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.
The report, which was prepared after consultations with prominent scientists and researchers under the three categories of environment, social and health, contains measures that can be taken to minimize the prevalence of the disease. The Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu) has affected over 40,000 individuals in main agricultural districts of Sri Lanka, especially in the North Central Province.
According to an agreement signed by the President during his recent State visit to China, it was agreed to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka to find the root cause for the spread of the kidney disease and means to prevent in order to control the spread of the disease.
The President extended his appreciation to the Government of China and its people for organizing this event and a special souvenir was presented to Huasheng Qiu, the Deputy Director of International Cooperation Bureau, Chinese Academy of Sciences by the President. The President also recognized five other professors from the Chinese Academy of Sciences for their immense contribution in the prevention of kidney disease.