Medicines and medical supplies donated by India handed over to Sri Lanka
Friday, April 29, 2022, 7:37 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
April 29, Colombo: Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay handed over a large consignment of medicines and other medical supplies to Professor Channa Jayasumana, Minister of Health in Colombo on April 29, 2022.
The Indian Navy vessel “INS Gharial”, specially deployed to ensure the prompt delivery of the medical consignment, a gift from the people of India, arrived at the port of Colombo today.
These medical supplies meet the demand of Peradeniya Teaching Hospital, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. The shortage of essential supplies at the teaching hospital was noted by the Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, during his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2022.
Other medical shipments in response to specific requests from various medical entities operating in all parts of Sri Lanka are also scheduled from India. In addition, $200 million has been earmarked for the provision of medical supplies under the $1 billion line of credit for essentials such as food, medicine, etc.
India has recently extended rapid support to Sri Lanka. The overall economic aid, which amounts to nearly $3 billion in 2022 alone, has been of various kinds – a $1 billion line of credit for essentials; Line of credit of 500 million USD for the purchase of petroleum products; bilateral currency exchange of $400 million; and over $1 billion under the Asian Clearing Union Framework. The USD 1 billion line of credit is operational and 16,000 tons of rice have already arrived in Sri Lanka, among other items, under this line of credit.