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China provides more medical aid

Medical materials donated by Chinese organisations worth US$ 126,564 have arrived in Sri Lanka.

When the Sri Lankan government announced an island-wide curfew on March 20 to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Jinith De Silva, Acting President of the Sri Lanka China Society (SLCS), used his connections with China to secure help for Sri Lanka.

“I wrote to several organisations in China and asked them to help us fight the virus. Sixteen organisations including the Amity Foundation in Nanjing and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) responded generously,” De Silva told Xinhua.

Donations including 308,600 face masks, 1,600 face shields, 2,400 goggles and 400 protective gowns, were handed over to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing and to Sri Lanka’s Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

“I am touched that every Chinese friend responded immediately. Some Chinese foreign friendship organisations sent us more than they had promised. Some doubled it,” De Silva pointed out.

The Chinese donations drew praise from both the Sri Lankan Health Ministry and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who tweeted: “Our sincere appreciation to Sri Lanka-China Society for coordinating the donations.”

From day one of the curfew, De Silva had been working to make the best of the people-to-people ties between the SLCS and friendship organisations in China. In the past few years, the SLCS has inked memoranda of understanding with a number of such organisations.

“As a developing country, Sri Lanka’s biggest difficulty in combating the pandemic stemmed from insufficient medical resources. Every morning, the first thing I used to do was to check on the donations we were seeking,” De Silva recalled.

He regards the government and people of China as all-weather friends, giving much needed aid during times of crises. Donations from the Chinese government, and from Chinese private companies and individuals were critical in bringing the outbreak in Sri Lanka under control, he said.

“The situation in Sri Lanka has been alleviated n ow, and curfew is relaxed gradually. I am very pleased that we did not waste the curfew period and ] received anti-epidemic material from China fast, despite the curfew,” De Silva said.

 


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