COVID-19 Fund allocates Rs.36 million to carry out PCR tests
July 24, 2020 11:22 pm
The COVID-19 Health and Social Security Fund has allocated over Rs. 36 million (Rs. 36,605,812.00) to the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services to carry out essential PCR tests.
Chairman of the Management Committee of the Fund and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Prof. W.D. Lakshman handed over the cheque pertaining to the fund allocation to the Secretary to the Ministry of Health Major General Consultant (Dr.) Sanjeewa Munasinghe today (24).
The allotted amount will be utilized to conduct PCR tests and health security consultation programmes, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a press release.
The PMD added that Rs. 34,105,812.00 will be spent to purchase test kits for the PCR tests conducted by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura at the request of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services.
In the meantime, Rs. 2.5 million has been allocated to purchase emergency and essential laboratory equipment with the aim of increasing the capacity of PCR tests conducted by the University of Jaffna.
COVID-19 Fund’s balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,525 million, the release read further.
The COVID-19 Fund’s reserves have been released to the Director General of Health Services to facilitate measures taken to combat COVID-19 such as to purchase drugs, equipment and to conduct medical tests.