Chenai: Tamilnadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian has said that 137 kinds of medical supplies worth Rs 28 crore will be sent to Sri Lanka within days.
Subramanian and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan inspected medical supplies on Sunday.
Speaking to the media, Subramaian said 8 million rupees worth of medical supplies will be sent to Sri Lanka in the first phase.
As the first installment, 53 medicines and two special medicines will be sent. Medicines will be used in the treatment of colds and fever. These drugs are sent on humanitarian grounds to reach the affected people, whether Sinhalese or Tamil, he added.
Earlier on April 29, Chief Minister MK Stalin proposed a resolution in the State Assembly urging the central government to allow the state government to send essential items including rice, pulses, dairy products and medicines in Sri Lanka in the context of the current economic crisis.
Stalin said: On a humanitarian basis, we should provide them with support. People line up to get petrol and diesel. The power cut is there all over the country, public transport has also decreased. Tamils are suffering. Pesticide in Jaffna Estates is sold for ₹32,000 which used to be sold for ₹1,200.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 31, Tamilnadu Chief Minister MK Stalin discussed Sri Lanka’s economic situation and offered to send relief materials, including food and state drugs in Sri Lanka, sources said.
Amid the worst economic crisis in Sri Lanka, India has taken another initiative to extend its support and has provided 12 shipments and over 400,000 metric tons (MT) of fuel to the island nation. The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka took to their Twitter account to make the announcement of the consignment. n12 shipments and over 400,000 MT of fuel!! The latest shipment of #Diesel from #India under the Fuel Line of Credit was delivered to #Colombo by Torm Helvig, the High Commission of India in Colombo tweeted.