105 centres have been set up across the island under a project funded by the Japanese government for health purposes for women and youth.
The Ministry of Health said under the USD 1.4 million aid project, many programmes have been implemented to improve the health status of women and youth.
The projects are enforced under the assistance of the Japanese government, through the United Nations Population Fund, the Bureau of Health Promotion, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, NGOs and the Family Health Planning institution.
The Ministry said the closing ceremony of the project, which was a three year long project, was held yesterday (15) at the BMICH under the patronage of subject Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mizukoshi Hideki.
Minister Rambukwella said Sri Lanka takes pride in the entire health service and the health education system adding that quality healthcare is delivered to the public.
The Minister said the government has signed the action programme adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 following which the concept of reproductive health was introduced for maternal and child healthcare.
He noted that separate programmes will be implemented to address reproductive health issues.
Minister Rambukwella said in the past, globally, attention was paid to youth adding that 1/4 of the entire population in Sri Lanka belongs to the age group between 10 to 24 years while the 10 to 19 category only amounts to 16%.
The Minister said in this category attention is directed to improving the health conditions of youth including introducing health protection policies.