Remaining ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID–19 Fund for

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:20 AM May 11 2021

A decision has been taken to allocate the balance of Rs 1,360,922,969.24 in the COVID–19 (ITUKAMA) Healthcare and Social Security Fund for the COVID-19 vaccination drive. The total amount credited to the Fund was Rs 1,752,402,793.24, out of which Rs 391,479,824.00 has been utilised so far. The sum spent is 23% of the total amount of funds received. The remaining balance of the Fund is quite a small amount compared to the amount the Government is expected to spend on vaccinations. 

However, the Management Board of the Fund has pointed out the importance of using the Fund’s balance for vaccination. The expenditures of the Fund are as follows: Expenditure incurred to control the epidemic PCR test related expenses- Rs. 42,605,812.00 For awareness campaigns - Rs. 67,543,967.00 Expenditure on quarantine centres and related procedures - Rs. 38,031,065.00 Administrative expenditures - Rs. 3,000.00 

To be paid 

Vaccination related expenses - Rs. 41,545,980.00 For the purchase of 10 ambulances - Rs 194,000,000.00 To purchase ICU beds - Rs 7,750,000.00 Total amount paid and due - Rs 391,479,824.00 All these expenditures were borne by the Ministry of Health and the Army Headquarters. The public, several local institutions as well as Sri Lankan expatriates made donations to the ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID–19 Fund. International financial institutions or organisations have not contributed to the COVID–19 Fund.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:20 AM May 11 2021

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