Feb 15, Colombo: The Government of India has donated 100,000 Covid-19 antigen test kits to Sri Lanka worth around Rs.110 million.
The High Commissioner of India to Colombo Gopal Baglay handed over the donation to Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella at the Ministry of Health today (15).
Speaking at the occasion, Minister Rambukwella said steps will be taken to import the required medicinal drugs to Sri Lanka without any shortage and told the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka that he especially appreciates the support received from India in this regard.
The Minister pointed out that a list of medicines and essential medical equipment required for Sri Lanka for the next two quarters has been prepared and it is hoped to obtain them from countries such as India and China.
Mr. Rambukwella said that the Government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to provide the people of the country with the necessary medicines and medical equipment without any shortage.
He said that in the midst of the global catastrophe, the entire world was undergoing a new normalization and the challenge was to sustain the economy in particular.
The Minister explained to the Indian High Commissioner that in some other countries the people request the governments to provide the vaccines but in Sri Lanka the government is chasing after people and urging them to get vaccinated.
At present the government is especially concerned about giving the booster vaccine to the public and large publicity campaigns are being carried out in this regard, the Minister said adding that accordingly, there has been an increase in the number of booster vaccinations in recent days compared to the opening days.
He said that there is a stock of about 9 million vaccine doses in the country and 90% of the vaccinations for school children has been completed. He added that the vaccination would be more successful if there was a change in the attitudes of some people in the country
The Minister of Health thanked the Government of India for the donation and said that he was pleased with the Government of India’s commitment to vaccination in Sri Lanka as well as the control of Covid from the outset.
Addressing the gathering, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said at present there is some reduction in the disaster in India and the country had taken steps to maintain normalcy
He said that India was at the height of the Covid catastrophe at some point and the current situation seemed to be improving.
Dr. Alaka Singh, WHO Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, Dr. DRK Herath, Deputy Director General of Health Services (Medical Supplies), Director (Medical Technology) Dr. Anwar Hamdani and others were present.