China donates more essential supplies to fight spread of COVID-19


Hu Wei, Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka on Wednesday (29) handed over fifty thousand surgical masks to M.J.M. Hameed, Vice President of the All Island Threewheeler Drivers’ Union for the use of its tens of thousands of members.

 Besides, thirty five thousand COVID-19 prevention posters jointly published by the Ministry of Health, the Health Promotion Bureau and the Chinese Embassy were also provided to the Union by Director General Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe,.

 The Chinese Envoy stated that "trishaws are most popular transportation for general public, and to protect the drivers from COVID-19 is to protect ourselves. All the masks and health guidelines posters delivered to these thousands of drivers represent the sincere friendship and best wishes from the Chinese people. Till July, more than 73 thousand test kits, 4 million masks, and 20 thousand PPEs together with many other materials have been donated by China, which become a main source for Sri Lankan society combating the pandemic. Among these, the Embassy is especially proud to have provided 189,000 masks to students across the country for the school reopening and another 100,000 masks to Election Commission for the coming General Election. The time-tested friendship and mutual trust between China and Sri Lanka will grow only stronger through the joint fight against COVID-19"

 Dr. Anil Jasinghe showed his gratitude to China for the continuous support since the pandemic outbreak in the country. The Director General said that three wheelers were the main mode of transportation closest to the people of the country, and there was close contact between drivers and passengers. The Chinese Embassy understood that three wheeler drivers needed to wear masks to protect health of themselves and the public, so they decided to donate face masks. The Embassy in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Health Promotion Bureau also printed a large amount of posters which contained important information about health safety, which were very important because three wheelers went to every nook and corner of the country. Regardless of age, anyone could understand the important information on those posters. "I thank the Chinese Embassy for important work done to protect the country’s health." Dr. Jasinghe said. 

 Mr. M.J.M. Hameed also extended his sincere thanks on behalf of the Union and its numerous members. "We’re going to distribute all the face masks and health posters to more than 5000 drivers without any delay, so as to safeguard ourselves, our passengers and the general public especially during the coming General Election."

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