Amid the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy ship Gharial distributes 760 kg of life-saving drugs

Indian Navy ship Gharial, under the SAGAR IX mission, arrived in Colombo on Friday with over 760 kg of 107 types of important life-saving drugs, with the overriding aim of providing essential medical aid to Sri Lanka during the current economic crisis. Channa Jayasumana, Minister of Health of Sri Lanka, has received the shipment, which will be delivered to Peradeniya University Hospital. “From #India for their brothers from #Srilanka!!!” the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Twitter. In #Colombo today, the High Commissioner handed over a shipment of medicines and medical supplies to Honorable Minister #ChannaJayasumana. INS Gharial has been dispatched to ensure the package reaches Sri Lanka as soon as possible.

In line with the Government of India’s vision of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region – the Indian Navy is undertaking several deployments titled “SAGAR Mission” to assist friendly IOR littorals. Since May 2020, the Indian Navy has successfully completed eight such missions, deploying ten ships to 18 friendly foreign countries. With the firm intention of providing a large amount of humanitarian aid to our neighbours, the personnel of Indian Navy ships and land based organizations have invested almost a million man hours to come to the aid of our friends, the stranger.

Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. The recession is attributed to foreign exchange shortages caused by the clampdown on tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has left the country unable to buy enough fuel, with people facing acute shortages of food and basic necessities, fuel and gas. In February, New Delhi provided a short-term loan of $500 million to Colombo for the purchase of petroleum products through the Ministry of Energy and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on behalf of the Sri Lankan government.

Three months earlier, in November 2021, India had donated 100 tons of liquid nano-nitrogen fertilizers to Sri Lanka as its government halted the import of chemical fertilizers. The total fuel delivered to the people of Sri Lanka, in the past 50 days, is nearly 200,000 MT, including a shipment of 40,000 MT, by Indian Oil Corporation, off line of credit, in February 2022. The Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge thanked the Government of India for the fuel deliveries. India has announced a new $1 billion line of credit to Sri Lanka to help shore up the island nation’s flagging economy. New Delhi also provided the stock of 11,000 tons of rice to Colombo.

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  • Amid the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy ship Gharial distributes 760 kg of life-saving drugs
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