India donates med supplies to SL


In response to a request from the Teaching Hospital in Peradeniya, India donated a large consignment of medicines and other medical supplies to Sri Lanka yesterday (29).

The donation was handed over by Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to the Minister of Health Channa Jayasumana.

In addition, under the USD 1 billion credit line for critical commodities such as food and medicines from India, USD 200 million has been set up for the provision of medical goods.

The medicines arrived in the Indian Naval Ship Ghariyal, which had been dispatched to ensure prompt delivery of the medical cargo.

The shortage of essential supplies at the Teaching Hospital was noted by Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar during his visit to Sri Lanka in March.

India also said that more medical consignments in response to specific requests by various medical institutions from all parts of Sri Lanka are also being scheduled.

India has been extending expeditious support to Sri Lanka in the recent past. Overall economic assistance which stands close to USD 3 billion in 2022 alone has been of various kinds – USD 1 billion credit line for essentials; USD 500 million credit line for purchase of petroleum products; USD 400 million bilateral currency swap; and over USD 1 billion under the Asian Clearing Union Framework.  The USD 1 billion credit line is operational and 16,000 MT of rice has already reached Sri Lanka, inter alia other items, under this credit line.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan