WHO pledges US$4M worth medical supplies to SL

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Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged essential medical supplies worth US$ 4 million to Sri Lanka and said that he had tasked the WHO Health Emergencies Programme to take immediate action to meet the most urgent health needs of the people of Sri Lanka.

He said this in a congratulatory message to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election as President. He said WHO was aware of the on-going economic issues Sri Lanka was facing in addition to Covid-19  issues which were putting a heavy burden on the health system. “Rising global food and oil prices have indeed presented a major challenge to many countries, especially to the most vulnerable communities,” he said, adding that the WHO stands ready to support the people of Sri Lanka during these challenging times.

Dr. Ghebreyesus said, “To this end, I am pleased to inform you that I have tasked the WHO Health Emergencies Programme to take in the WHO’s Regional and Country Offices, as well as the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, WHO will procure and deliver essential medical supplies valued at US$ 4 million. Procurement has already been initiated and the list, including delivery times will be shared through the WHO Country Office.”

He said the WHO will closely monitor the health risks to the population including functionality and resilience of the health system and provide the necessary technical assistance to strengthen provincial health services.

The Director General also assured his highest consideration in this regard and said the WHO looks forward to continuing and strengthening collaboration with Sri Lanka to promote health, make the world safe and serve the vulnerable.