Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia): India on Tuesday gifted a 10 tonne consignment of essential life-saving medicines to the Government of Sri Lanka to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The medicines had been requested by the Government of Sri Lanka. The consignment was brought to Sri Lanka by an Air India Special Chartered flight.
“This is yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering commitment to stand by Sri Lanka, in rain and in shine. Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources and expertise with its friends and partners,” a release from the Indian High Commission said.
“ It may also be recalled that at the initiative of Prime Minister of India, a SAARC Leaders Video Conference was held on 15 March 2020 to discuss ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. India also pledged US$ 10 million to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Subsequently, a Video Conference of health professionals in SAARC countries was held on 26 March 2020. India’s Ministry of Health has also started offering online training sessions for health professionals in SAARC countries. SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) situated in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, has also developed a dedicated web page pertaining to the COVID-19 situation in SAARC Member States [http://www.covid19-sdmc.org/]. Sri Lanka has been a valuable partner in all these initiatives.