Sri Lanka receives USD 10,500 worth medical equipment from Sri Lankan expats in China
ECONOMYNEXT – A consignment of medical aid worth USD 10,500 donated by Sri Lankan expatriates in China for Sri Lanka’s medical staff fighting the COVID-19 pandemic was flown in from Shanghai on Saturday.
National carrier SriLankan Airlines which brought down the medical supplies said essential items such as masks, protective clothing, goggles, face protection splash guards, nebulizers, pulse oximeters, thermometers and glucometers will be handed over to the country’s health authorities to be distributed among state hospitals.
The items were donated by the Sri Lankan expat community in China through the Consulate Generals of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou and Shanghai, facilitated by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in China, a statement said.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations said the items amounted to 501kg, which came in 35 boxes.
“Expats in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and other areas of China and arranged its transportation as diplomatic cargo through Shanghai, with the assistance of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Shanghai, for urgent distribution among Medical and other frontline staff fighting against the COVID-19 epidemic in Sri Lanka,” the ministry said in a statement. (Colombo/Mar30/2020)