Sri Lanka receives Chinese medical supplies to combat COVID-19

Sri Lanka receives Chinese medical supplies to combat COVID-19

April 2, 2020   11:22 pm


China has handed over its first donation of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Sri Lanka to strengthen the solidarity between the two countries as Sri Lanka fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Thursday.

The aid, which includes 50,000 medical masks and 1,008 COVID-19 test kits, was handed over by Hu Wei, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy, to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, and the materials were later handed over to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and her team at a formal ceremony held on Wednesday.

The embassy said Sri Lankan prime minister and health minister thanked the Chinese government and its people for the donation and commended China’s efforts in successfully battling the pandemic in their country.

Rajapaksa said as Sri Lanka is now battling the COVID-19, the country looked forward to continued support from China in terms of their experience and prevention methods in controlling the pandemic as well as medical supplies.

Hu briefed the prime minister on the recent situation in curbing the pandemic spread in China and praised Sri Lanka for their efforts in fighting the virus which had been widely recognized by the World Health Organization and the international community.

Hu said China will continue to share its experience in the prevention, control, and treatment of the COVID-19, and will continue to provide help within its capacity through various channels.

Director-General of Health Services at the Health Ministry Anil Jasinghe told the media after handover ceremony that China had handed over materials that were of vital importance to Sri Lanka’s health sector and appreciated the strong solidarity shown at this special time.


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