Sri Lankan Airlines flies in donated medicine in soft-peg crisis

ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines said it has brought down internationally donated essential medicine free of charge as the country reels from the worst currency crisis in the history of the island’s intermediate regime central bank.

“The corporate social responsibility arm of Sri Lankan Airlines aims to provide timely relief to hospitals that are struggling to cope with the ongoing drug shortage and patients who depend on life-saving medicines in the country through the initiative,” Airlines said.

The firm said, it will continue to airlift the medical supplies that will be gifted by other countries including France; Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Kuwait and Nepal free of freight Charges and will be distributed to hospitals island wide in an ongoing basis.

Sri Lanka currently receiving medical supplies from various countries in the world.

According to the Minister of Health, life saving drugs needed for the next six months have been restocked.

There is a shortage of 49 essential drugs which are also being managed by using substitutes until the drugs are being restocked, Minister Rambukwella told Parliament on June 21. (Colombo/ June 22/2022)

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