On the request of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka High Commission Singapore facilitated the dispatch of an additional 2000 COVID-19 test kits and necessary reagents/materials procured from a Singapore supplier, which are urgently needed by the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital on a Sri Lankan Airlines cargo flight which landed in Colombo yesterday (15th April). The High Commission has thus far facilitated the dispatch of close to 20,000 COVID-19 test kits to Sri Lanka of which 10,000 were donated by Temasek Foundation, Singapore.
The High Commission also coordinated the dispatching of essential medical supplies to Sri Lanka on the same flight, which were donated by two charities namely Humanity Matters and Mahakaruna Buddhist Society of Singapore, in support of Sri Lanka’s efforts in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. The donation valued at SGD 28,000/- included 2 complete units of Thermal Scanners, 30 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometres, 15000 surgical masks and 7000 sterile surgical gloves, medical goggles, medical scrubs/medical boots, soap and Vitamin-C. Venerable Dr Karadetiyana Gunaratana, Religious Advisor of the Mahakaruna Buddhist Society, Singapore was instrumental in obtaining the donations on behalf of Sri Lanka from Humanity Matters and other donors and well-wishers.
The High Commission wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the assistance rendered by Sri Lankan Airlines which carried the cargo to Colombo on a gratis basis.
Sri Lanka High Commission
16th April 2020