The Ministry of Health said a high level delegation with relevant expertise from China is due to visit Sri Lanka between 15th to 20th of December 2016.
The uncertainty over the origin of the Chronic Kidney Disease is a major public health issue in Sri Lanka affecting 12 districts with a large number of cases being reported from North Central Province.
As a result many human lives were lost and also cause high morbidity among the people in the affected areas leading to catastrophic situations with a huge adverse impact on the society. Although studies were conducted over the years the cause still remains unknown.
President Maithreepala Sirisena has taken initiatives to renew Sino-Sri Lanka relationships between the Government of Sri Lanka and China. Under this initiative Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senarathne requested the Chinese Government to extend the cooperation in solving the mystery behind CKD in Sri Lanka.
As a result a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The MOU focuses on conducting further research to identify the possible causative factors for the occurrence of Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin.
It also provides capacity building of Sri Lankan healthcare staff on preventive and curative aspects with regard to CKD. Some of the other important areas of the MOU are exploring biomarkers for detection of CKD, strengthening the existing Renal Registry and updating the relevant statistics.
The MOU was signed between Dr. Rajitha Senarathne and Vice President of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Zhongli Ding. (Colombo Gazette)