Kawaguchi City donates ambulance

Mayor Nobuo Okunoki of Kawaguchi City, Japan at a ceremony to mark the presentation of the ambulance to Ambassador Sanjiv Gunasekara.

Mayor Nobuo Okunoki of Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture in Japan donated a high-quality ambulance on a request made by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Japan Sanjiv Gunasekara during a meeting held regarding the donation of a Fire Truck to Sri Lanka few months ago.

The SaiNet Corporation, an IT company in Kawaguchi City and the Rotary Club of Saitama Prefecture undertook to bear the cost of freight for this ambulance to Sri Lanka. Kawaguchi city organized a formal handover of the ambulance at a ceremony attended by the Mayor, many well-wishers and Saitama Prefecture politicians on Thursday.

While thanking the citizens of Kawaguchi City and the Mayor for the goodwill gesture, the Ambassador mentioned the urgent need for ICU medical equipment due to the spike in the new COVID-19 variant in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Gunasekara also highlighted the timely nature of this donation and spoke of the strong people to people connections, Japan’s popularity among the people of Sri Lanka and the unique bi-lateral relationship the two countries have enjoyed during the past seven decades.

Kawaguchi City Mayor, city officials and the Sainet Corporation expressed willingness to work with the Sri Lanka Embassy for further cooperation in future.

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