US donates equipment for Sri Lanka’s frontline responders to COVID-19

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US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz yesterday handed over a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials to Disaster Management Centre Director General Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Sudantha Ranasinghe to contribute to Sri Lanka’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The donation is part of the ‘All of America’ approach to combating COVID-19 and will help strengthen Sri Lanka›s readiness to respond to public health emergencies. 

The US Department of Defense funded the donation, which includes more than 48,000 masks, safety goggles, and isolation gowns with hoods. All items were purchased in Sri Lanka in order to champion Sri Lankan businesses as they recover from COVID-19’s economic impact.  

“The US is proud to assist Sri Lanka’s frontline responders as they care for Sri Lankans suffering from the coronavirus,” said Ambassador Teplitz. “Helping to protect these healthcare workers while supporting Sri Lankan businesses and jobs is just one component of our deep friendship.” The donation is part of US support to expand the flexibility, agility, and resilience of Sri Lanka›s disaster response sector.

In coordination with the Ministry of Defense and disaster relief authorities, the donations will be distributed to the following healthcare facilities: Kandy District Health Directorate; Colombo East First Responders; Colombo BIA First Responders; Kilinochchi General Hospital; Vavuniya Regional Health Centre; Jaffna Government Hospital; Gampaha Hospital and Batticaloa Health Services.