May 17, Colombo: India has taken steps to send a consignment of essential medicines worth around Rs. 88.7 million to crisis-stricken Sri Lanka as aid.
The state government of Tamil Nadu has taken steps to send this stock of essential medicines to Sri Lanka. It is also reported that Health Minister Ma Subramanian, on Sunday, inspected the drug warehouse in Chennai which stores essential medicines that the State plans to send to Sri Lanka, in the first phase.
In view of the current challenges facing Sri Lanka, the State Government of Tamil Nadu, India has planned to send Rs. 280 million worth of essential medicines to Sri Lanka and this stock is the first phase.
The Tamil Nadu government had passed a resolution in the Assembly last month to send medicines and in total 137 types of medicines will be sent.
However, 55 drugs worth Rs 88.7 million are planned to be sent to Sri Lanka for the first phase and it is reported that they have been packed in about 700 large cartons. Seven types of these medicines require complete refrigeration, the minister said.
The medicines will be sent to Sri Lanka along with other essential items.
The minister said the Union government would decide which part of Sri Lanka the goods will be sent to.
Tamil Nadu is the first State in India to come forward to help Sri Lanka with medicines.