The attention of the government has been drawn to implement a housing project to provide houses for the families of the kidney patients who do not possess permanent residences.
This issue was considered during a meeting regarding the National Programme on Prevention of Kidney Diseases, held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (30).
During the meeting the President said that it is the responsibility of all Ministries and institutions to contribute proactively to the Government’s programmes on prevention of kidney diseases, considering it as a national requirement.
Many programmes have been executed for the welfare of kidney patients and their families under the National Programme on Prevention of Kidney disease and aim of those initiatives are to uplift their living standards while encouraging them.
Providing financial assistance to subsidize the cost of living of the low income families in selected districts, offering bursaries to AL students whose parents have dead from kidney diseases were two other programmes being implemented. Attention was also paid on the progress of those programs.
The President also instructed the officials of the Water Board to further expand the programs to supply pure drinking water to the areas where the kidney diseases are prevalent.
The attention was also paid on providing relief to those who are in financial difficulties and unable to meet the high expenses for the dialysis of blood.
Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Ministers Rajitha Senarathne, Sajith Premadasa, Lakshaman Kiriella, Gayantha Karunathilaka, Vijith Vijayamuni de Soisa, Faizar Mustapa, Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon and the Director of the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Kidney Disease Asela Iddawela also participated in this discussion.