India aids Sri Lanka: Delivers 3.3 tons of essential medical supplies

4 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

3.3 tonnes of crucial medical supplies to the 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service on Friday.

In keeping with its “neighborhood first” policy, India’s High Commissioner to Colombo, Gopal Baglay, handed out 3.3 tonnes of crucial medical supplies to the 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service on Friday.

During his March 2022 visit to the Suwaseriya Headquarters in Colombo, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was informed of the Foundation’s impending medical supply shortfall, according to Baglay.

“Another promise made to the people of #SriLanka has been fulfilled!!! EAM @DrSJaishankar was informed of medical shortages encountered by @1990SuwaSeriya during his March visit. Today, the High Commissioner handed over 3.3 tonnes of medical supplies to aid the essential lifeline’s smooth operation “The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has issued a tweet.

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Gharial was expressly dispatched for this reason, according to the High Commission, in response to the urgent demand for medical supplies.

Medical supplies for General Hospital Hambantota, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya, and Teaching Hospital Jaffna were also taken onboard the INS Gharial.

More than 25 tonnes of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies worth close to SLR 370 million were donated by the Indian government and citizens in the last two months. This is in addition to the USD 3.5 billion in economic support and the delivery of other humanitarian commodities like as rice, milk powder, and kerosene.

On May 27, Acting High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka Vinod K. Jacob presented Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella with a shipment of over 25 tonnes of medical goods in Colombo.

The consignment is valued at close to Rs 260 million, according to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka on Twitter.

These humanitarian supplies are part of the Indian government’s continuous help for the people of Sri Lanka, which includes financial aid, monetary assistance, material supplies, and more.

These initiatives demonstrate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy, which prioritizes human-to-human interaction, is still in effect. According to the Colombo Page, these are complemented by Indians who have been generously donating to their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s relationship with India is growing stronger and more mutually beneficial. Aside from aid during the pandemic and fertilizer shortages, India is also donating essential items to island nations.