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 U.S. donates critical equipment worth over Rs. 19 mn

Martin Kelly, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Colombo handing over critical equipment to Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine while Alena Tansey, Deputy Director, Office of Governance and Vulnerable Populations, USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Kanchana Jayaratne, Coordinating Secretary to the Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Reed Aeschliman, Mission Director USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Chandragupta, Additional Secretary (Developmen

Martin Kelly, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Colombo handing over critical equipment to Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine while Alena Tansey, Deputy Director, Office of Governance and Vulnerable Populations, USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Kanchana Jayaratne, Coordinating Secretary to the Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Reed Aeschliman, Mission Director USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Chandragupta, Additional Secretary (Development), Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka look on.

The U.S. Government’s development agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has supplied critical medical supplies worth USD 102,310 (LKR Rs. 19,054,214) to the Family Health Bureau (FHB) of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services (MOH), to provide specialist care for high-risk COVID-19 patients requiring maternal and neonatal care, a media release issued by the UNICEF Sri Lanka said.

The critical equipment, which will support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response was handed over to Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine by Martin Kelly, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Colombo at a handover ceremony attended by Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka and Reed Aeschliman, Mission Director USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The equipment included two infant incubators, four labour room beds, four cardiotocography (CTG) machines, four infant warmers, four Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, four infusion pumps, and four syringe pumps. These supplies will equip four COVID-19 isolation and treatment units specialized in maternal and neonatal care and were procured in direct response to the needs of the MOH.

Martin Kelly, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said, “Through the generosity of the American people, we are happy to help make deliveries safer for mothers and babies during this global pandemic. For decades, the U.S. has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in global health – putting countries across the world in a better position to respond during crises.”

Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka said, “We thank the United States for their continued support to Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response. The critical medical items handed over today will help to ensure that mothers and babies impacted by COVID-19 now or in the future have the best possible care and the ability to fully recover. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the United States as Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19 progresses.”

The USD 600,000 grant to Sri Lanka through the UNICEF supports the government’s multipronged response to COVID-19 including, risk communication and community engagement; hand washing and infection control (IPC); and improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in designated high-risk health-care facilities, critical hygiene and infection prevention supplies to high-risk communities and treatment centres, as well as supplement data collection and analysis to improve overall COVID-19 emergency response.

 


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