The World Bank has pledged to provide assistance to purchase required quantities of essential medicines to Sri Lanka, the World Bank has made this move after Sri Lanka’s request.
During a discussion recently held with World Bank’s Regional Director for Human Development in the South Asia Region Lynne D. Sherburne-Benz, the State Minister has sought the assistance of the World Bank to ensure a continuous supply of medicinal drugs in Sri Lanka.
Considering this, the World Bank’s Regional Director has informed the State Minister that the World Bank will take it as a high priority and take immediate measures to provide assistance.
All scheduled surgeries at Peradeniya Teaching Hospital have been suspended due to a shortage of drugs and consumable items.
However, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said he has informed Indian High Commissioner Baglay to contact and discuss how India can help.
“Disturbed to see this news. Am asking High Commissioner Baglay to contact and discuss how India can help,” he responded to a tweet.
Meanwhile, Chinese Embassy in Colombo donated 650 bags of dry food for the Muslims in Sri Lanka today to mark the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The food was given to Muslims who are to begin their Ramadan Fast shortly.