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Sri Lanka Red Cross trying to collect 100,000 PPE kits for health ministry

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Red Cross in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services is looking to collect 100,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to be donated to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) which is in urgent need, a statement said.

The Infectious Diseases Hospital in Colombo which is the frontline hospital for treating Coronavirus patients is using about 1000 PPE kits a day, the Red Cross said.

Sri Lanka’s Red Cross Society has partnered with international and local corporates, local chambers and social welfare organisation to host a national level awareness campaign to fund the purchase of PPE kits.

Sri Lanka’s apparel industry too turned their factories to produce face masks and protective equipment for frontline workers however the project was halted abruptly last week when Sri Lanka tightened its
Island wide curfew measures.

The industry through the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has pledged to produce 1 million protective suites to be donated free of charge, while the Sri Lanka Exporters Association (SLAEA) are making two million face masks. (Colombo/Mar31/2020