India provides life-saving drugs to Jaffna hospital
JAFFNA, Sri Lanka – In its latest aid, India on Saturday provided two truckloads of life-saving drugs and equipment to Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH), sources say, making it the second county after Russia to receive similar support of the South Asian country.
Last week, the Russian-Indian Friendship Society Disha sent about three tons of humanitarian aid, including pharmaceuticals, to the Russian Armed Forces medical post in Kursk, which was the initiative’s second shipment of medicines. from Disha.
The aid was handed over by the Consulate General of India in Jaffna Raakesh Natraj to the Acting Director of JTH, Dr. Nanthakumar, according to the ANI report. The aide will provide general and critical care in the island nation’s Northern Province, with other aides to follow.
In line with its ‘neighborhood first’ policy, India has again come forward to help Sri Lanka during its economic crisis. High Commissioner in Colombo Gopal Baglay on Friday handed over a total of 3.3 tons of essential medical supplies to the Suwaseriya ambulance service in 1990, as ANI wrote.
Baglay said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was briefed on the impending shortage of medical supplies facing the Foundation during his visit to Suwaseriya headquarters in Colombo in March 2022.
“Another promise made to the people of #SriLanka fulfilled!!! During his visit in March, EAM @DrSJaishankar was briefed on the drug shortages experienced by @1990SuwaSeriya,” The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka tweeted. “The High Commissioner today handed over 3.3 tonnes of medical supplies to keep the vital lifeline running smoothly.”
“This is part of over 370 million SLR medical aid delivered from India over the past two months. Glad to have supported the Service since its inception with ambulance donations from (India).
India is becoming a stronger and more mutually beneficial partner for Sri Lanka. Apart from assistance during the pandemic and the fertilizer chaos, India is also donating the commodities to the island nation, according to the report.
Last week, an Indian community in Moscow sent about three tons of humanitarian aid, including pharmaceuticals, to the Russian Armed Forces medical post in Kursk, marking the second shipment of medicine by Disha: Society of Russian-Indian friendship.
“The Russian-Indian Friendship Society Disha organized the next batch of humanitarian aid, which included pharmaceuticals produced by Indian pharmaceutical company Panbio Pharm,” the diplomatic mission said, according to TASS. “The aid was transferred to one of the Russian Armed Forces medical posts in Kursk.”
Founded by Rameshwar Singh, a prominent Indian-born journalist and businessman in Moscow, the company sourced the drugs from Panbio Pharma in Moscow.