Chinese financial assistance has been obtained to develop 13 hospitals in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health said today.The Health Ministry said that a sum of US$ 85 million will be utilized for this purpose. China has already funded the construction of a 200 bed kidney hospital in Polonnaruwa.China funded the construction of the specialised hospital to treat patients with kidney disease which affected rice farmers in Sri Lanka’s north central region last year. (Colombo Gazette) These hospitals will be developed to include outpatient clinics, clinical complexes, wards, maternity units, pharmacies, non-infectious diseases units, blood transfusion centers, laboratories, operating theaters, emergency treatment units and many other service centers.The Health Ministry said that steps have also been taken to provide medical equipment worth US$ 30 million to the hospitals which will be developed. The Health Ministry said that Chinese financial assistance will be utilised to develop the Dharga Town Regional Hospital, Aluthgama Regional Hospital, Mirigama Base Hospital, Sammanthurai Base Hospital, Eravur Base Hospital, Pottuvil Baser Hospital, Kalpitiya Regional Hospital, Rakillagaskada Base Hospital, Medirigiriya Base Hospital, Padaviya Base Hospital, Walasmulla Base Hospital, Kalawana Base Hospital and the Mahiyangana Base Hospital. The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will lay the foundation for the construction of a ward complex, Pharmacy, Health Education Unit and Non Communicable Diseases Unit at the Aluthgama Regional Hospital on Friday as part of this project.