The second consignment of humanitarian aid, consisting of essential medicines, health supplements for cancer patients, and medical devices, from Indonesia, arrived at BIA on 8 May, on board a SriLankan Airlines flight. The first batch arrived on 28 April.
This fulfils the two consignments of the total of 3.1 tons valued at USD 1.6 million of Indonesia Humanitarian Assistance to Sri Lanka.
The aid was symbolically handed over on 28 April by the Indonesian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Dewi Gustina Tobing, to Health Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana, who was also accompanied by the WHO Representative to Sri Lanka, Dr. Alaka Singh, and Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr. Asela Gunawardena.
During the handover, Minister Jayasumana expressed his gratitude and great appreciation to the Indonesian Government and pharmaceutical industry for responding to the request expeditiously. WHO Sri Lanka also commended the Indonesian Government and other relevant parties in the two countries who had coordinated extensively to collect and send the aid in a short time.
In total, there are 10 types of cytostatic drugs, one type of supplement for cancer patients, and eight types of medical devices, including the Precut Silk and T-Silk Non Absorbable Suture as requested by the Sri Lankan Government.
The Indonesian Government, supported by the Indonesian pharmaceutical manufacturers, was the first country to respond positively to the request of Sri Lanka, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and the WHO. The quick responses from all stakeholders in Indonesia show the thoughtfulness of Indonesia towards Sri Lanka and their understanding of the urgency and the importance of the essential medicines and medical equipment to the people of Sri Lanka.
The long-standing, strong relations between Indonesia and Sri Lanka have stood the test of time and were strengthened with the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1952. As both countries commemorate the 70th diplomatic anniversary this year, this aid signifies the strong friendship between them.
The aid will be distributed by the Health Ministry to several Government hospitals such as the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), Colombo South Teaching Hospital (Kalubowila), the National Cancer Institute (Apeksha Hospital) and other hospitals on a priority basis. WHO will oversee distribution of Indonesian aid to the needy.