May 28, Colombo: Acting High Commissioner of India in Colombo Vinod K. Jacob handed over a consignment of drugs and other medical supplies donated by Government of India to Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella in Colombo on 27 May 2022.
The consignment which weighs more than 25 tons is valued at close to Rs. 260 million, the High Commission said.
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Gharial, a 5600 tons Landing Ship was deployed for the delivery of humanitarian assistance materials expeditiously as part of Mission SAGAR IX.
In addition to medical supplies, the ship also carried onboard kerosene for the use of fishermen in Sri Lanka. The consignment of kerosene shall be distributed among the beneficiaries by Ceylon Fisheries Harbor Corporation in the coming days.
The medical consignment was donated in response to requests by various organizations and hospitals spread across different parts of the country.
Representatives of Suwasariya Foundation and Member of Parliament Dr. Harsha De Silva had pointed out the country’s medical requirements to External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar during his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2022 and these requirements are now being met through the donation.
In addition, medical supplies to General Hospital Hambantota, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya and Teaching Hospital, Jaffna are also being catered to, the High Commission said.
Another large consignment of medical supplies for use by Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya was earlier delivered on board INS Gharial on 29 April 2022.
These humanitarian supplies are in continuation of Government of India’s ongoing support to the people of Sri Lanka in multiple forms such as financial assistance, forex support, material supply etc. These efforts testify Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy which places people-to-people engagement at its core. These are complemented by the people of India who have also been donating generously to their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka.
Ongoing commitment to the people of Sri Lanka attests to importance attached by the peoples of India and Sri Lanka for the well-being of each other, the High Commission said.