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WHO to provide USD 4 million worth medical supplies to Sri Lanka

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to provide essential medical supplies worth USD 4 million to Sri Lanka. 

In a congratulatory message to Ranil Wickremesinghe on being appointed as President, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged to deliver essential medical supplies valued at USD 4 million, according to Colombo Gazette

“To this end, I am pleased to inform you that I have tasked the WHO Health Emergencies Programme to take immediate action to meet the most urgent health needs of the people of Sri Lanka. In collaboration with WHO’s Regional and Country Offices, as well as the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, WHO will procure and deliver essential medical supplies valued at USD 4 million. Procurement has already been initiated and the list, including delivery times will be shared through the WHO Country Office,” he said.

WHO Director-General also said that they have recognised the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka and the impact Covid-19 was having on the health system.

The WHO Director-General also said that the WHO will closely monitor the health risks to the population including the functionality and resilience of the health system and provide the necessary technical assistance to strengthen provincial health services, reported Colombo Gazette.

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