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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has supplied critical medical supplies worth USD $102,310 (LKR Rupees 19,054,214) to the Ministry of Health to provide specialist care for high-risk COVID-19 patients requiring maternal and neonatal care.

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

Mr. 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 United States’ $600,000 grant to Sri Lanka through 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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  • Mandayan Friday, 19 June 2020 03:56 PM

    It’s peanuts comparing to what China gave us!

    Adrian Friday, 19 June 2020 06:24 PM

    China gave loans. They will colonize our country. China is next Britain who will colonize countries in its debt trap. And then use srilankans as slave

    gammini Friday, 19 June 2020 04:17 PM

    Are we that stupid to get this “help” from the Americans; The Number Of People Died of Covid-19 in America is more than 110 Thousand. The Number of People Died of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka is 11. This could be scripted into a comedy film.

    Kim Saturday, 20 June 2020 08:07 AM

    It is very stupid to compare America's total population which is 331 million to Sri Lanka's 22 million. In addition the aged population and the climatic conditions and freezing winter temperatures had a serious impact and a detrimental effect not only in America but also in Europe where many lost their lives. As such Sri Lanka was blessed not to have ended up on the wrong side of the planet.

    GHarry Saturday, 20 June 2020 09:50 AM

    Reward for Sri Lanka that worked for the United State agenda.

    Much smarter than the White guy Saturday, 20 June 2020 10:18 AM

    Kim, You must be a White racist who does not want to give credit to Sri Lanka or You never went to proper University. How do you compare different sizes, convert them into percentages and then see how great Sri Lanka has done compared to America. Secondly look at India with the same weather conditions as Sri Lanka but thousands have died over there of the Covid-19. Thus your defence of America goes up in flames.

    SL Army Saturday, 20 June 2020 10:30 AM

    Hey Kim, this is the problem with you Western fellows, you would never accept defeat. Coronavirus is eating you alive in America and Europe but you can’t do anything about it. Come and learn from Sri Lanka how to fight the virus.

    Gandara Hinni Mahattaya Saturday, 20 June 2020 03:46 PM

    Back to US accounts for own investments! Well done US for helping you to help you back!!

    Kim Saturday, 20 June 2020 05:25 PM

    I am not an American citizen nor a racist and you don't need a University degree but just common sense and some general knowledge to sort out the truth from fiction. An IQ of 79 is just not enough to be smarter to make the right decisions and ask for grants from America or loans from China every time we are in trouble and be under obligation for ever.


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