In line with its “neighborhood first” policy, India came forward again to help Sri Lanka during its economic crisis when Colombo High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on Friday handed over a total of 3.3 tonnes of vital medical supplies to the 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service .
Baglay said that during his visit to Suwaseriya’s Colombo headquarters in March 2022, Secretary of State S. Jaishankar was briefed on the impending shortage of medical supplies the foundation is facing.
“Another promise to the people of #SriLanka has been fulfilled!!! During his March visit, EAM @DrSJaishankar was briefed on the shortage of medicines @1990SuwaSeriya was facing. The High Commissioner today handed over 3.3 tons of medical supplies to keep the vital lifeline running smoothly,” the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka tweeted.
In response to the urgent need for medical supplies, the High Commission said the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Gharial was specifically deployed for the purpose.
In addition to the Suwaseriya Foundation, medical supplies for Hambantota General Hospital, Peradeniya Teaching Hospital and Jaffna Teaching Hospital were also transported aboard the INS Gharial, Daily Mirror reported.
“More than 25 tons of medicines and medical supplies donated by the government and people of India in the past two months are worth almost SLR 370 million. This comes on top of the economic aid of around US$3.5 billion and the delivery of other humanitarian supplies such as rice, milk powder, kerosene, etc.,” the statement added.
Earlier on May 27, Acting High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka Vinod K. Jacob delivered a shipment of over 25 tons of medical supplies to Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella in Colombo.
The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka said on Twitter that the shipment is worth nearly Rs.260 million.
These humanitarian supplies are a continuation of the Government of India’s ongoing support to the people of Sri Lanka in a variety of forms such as financial support, foreign exchange support, supplies of materials and more. These efforts prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “neighborhood first” policy, which encourages people-to-people engagement, is still active. These are complemented by the people of India who have also made generous donations to their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, according to the Colombo Page.
India is becoming a stronger and more mutually beneficial partner for Sri Lanka. Aside from helping during the pandemic and the fertilizer chaos, India is also donating the basic products to the island nations.
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