The European Union right now (October 29) introduced an additional EUR 2 million in funding to assist Sri Lanka in its efforts to handle the pandemic.
The grant, supplied by the EU humanitarian workplace ECHO, will likely be channelled by the World Well being Group (WHO) and World Imaginative and prescient in Sri Lanka.
These assets complement ongoing EU help to combat the Covid-19 and its socioeconomic penalties in Srilanka, together with EUR 2 million for the well being sector in addition to near EUR 4 million to revitalize the tourism business.
“Healthcare employees and amenities in Sri Lanka are being pushed to the restrict by the pandemic,” mentioned Michelle Cicic, who oversees EU humanitarian help in Asia-Pacific. “The EU and Sri Lanka have labored collectively to battle COVID-19 because the onset of the pandemic. This newest help will be certain that emergency gear and provides are rapidly channelled to well being amenities in dire want of life-saving help.”
“This new grant is a part of the EU’s international response to the coronavirus pandemic to ‘construct again higher’ and it enhances our ongoing partnership with WHO in Sri Lanka,” mentioned the Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Sri Lanka, H.E. Denis Chaibi. “The extra assets will likely be instrumental in enhancing healthcare capability and hopefully assist additionally stopping future surges of instances, whereas paying particular consideration to the wants of probably the most weak folks and underserved areas.”
WHO has carried out an evaluation of well being amenities and recognized the gaps in emergency preparedness and response. In response, WHO will help the administration of extreme instances in 74 hospitals by offering medical gear and provides; improve surveillance and fast testing capacities with 100,000 new fast antigen check kits and supply Private Protecting Gear (PPE) to healthcare employees to guard them from infections and guarantee continuity of important providers.
World Imaginative and prescient will improve COVID-19 prevention, care and remedy capability of the well being system in 4 provinces. World Imaginative and prescient will present gear similar to pulse oximeters, oxygen regulators, multiparameter screens, ECG machines, nebulizers and hospital beds to 29 well being amenities. As well as, it’ll help vaccination campaigns concentrating on weak teams.
“WHO appreciates the EU’s partnership supporting Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 effort,” mentioned Dr Alaka Singh, WHO Consultant to Sri Lanka. “The flexibleness of the funding permits responsiveness to fast wants. This has been seen with the availability of pressing life-saving gear to hospitals, testing kits and protecting gear. On the similar time, longer-term help continues, making necessary contributions to well being techniques’ restoration and resilience.”
“World Imaginative and prescient Lanka commenced its response to Covid-19 in March 2020 reaching over 500,000 folks throughout the yr,” mentioned Dr. Dhanan Senathirajah, nationwide director of World Imaginative and prescient Lanka, “Our response continued to evolve together with the wants. Now we have to date supported over 6,000 hospitals and care centres with important well being gear, and with this funding, we can broaden our attain and help probably the most weak throughout this important time.”