Australia provides 6,300 kg of PPEs

Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly and Australian Defence Adviser Captain Ian Cain handed over 6,300 kg of Australian supplied Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to General Shavendra Silva, Head of National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, yesterday,

High Commissioner Holly said that Australia expresses solidarity with Sri Lanka as they both face the impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis together. The Australian Department of Defence is pleased to support Sri Lanka’s armed forces in their effort to counter COVID-19 by providing much needed equipment to protect those on the frontline in Sri Lanka, he said.

The PPE consisted of 16,500 high quality coveralls, 25,000 surgical face masks, 100,000 gloves manufactured in Sri Lanka by Australian firm Ansell, 175 googles and 15 (25 litre) cool boxes to transport vaccines and will support Sri Lanka’s efforts to minimise further transmission of COVID-19.

The Australian government’s support to Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response now totals AUD 11.7 million (Rs. 1.8 billion) including support to the Health Ministry to strengthen national laboratories and crucial food and hygiene items.

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