The United States announced the commitment to help Sri Lanka in its fight against COVID-19 in accordance with its long tradition in supporting the country’s security and sovereignty.
In a recent gesture of goodwill, it has donated 200 brand new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Sri Lanka delivering on President Trump’s offer of critically needed supplies and supporting Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19.
In May this year, the US made a financial commitment of $4.5 million to help Sri Lanka in its fight against COVID-19. This brings the total U.S. contribution to $5.8 million.
As part of the newly-announced assistance, the United States is also providing $590,000 in humanitarian assistance that will support vulnerable people during the pandemic.
This new assistance builds on the $1.3 million in health assistance the U.S. Embassy announced on April 9, which is helping the government prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, and support technical experts for response and preparedness.
The latest donation of ventilators were handed over to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi by the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Alaina B. Teplitz.
The ventilators, produced in the United States, feature cutting-edge technology. They are compact and easily deployable and will provide Sri Lanka with flexibility in treating patients affected by the virus.
"The United States has had a longstanding commitment to the health and wellness of Sri Lankans. Ourenduring support continues with another donation from the American people. By harnessing the power of American innovation and private industry, we are happy to provide these state-of-the-art ventilators to Sri Lanka to fight COVID-19 and help save lives,” said Ambassador Teplitz.
The ventilator donation, along with complementary training and maintenance support, builds on more than $6 million in COVID-19 assistance to Sri Lanka that has provided critical services to communities most affected by the pandemic.