UK, in partnership with UNICEF, provides vital support to Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19

UK, in partnership with UNICEF, provides vital support to Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19

Mon, Sep 27, 2021, 8:01 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

September 27, Colombo: UK is providing life-saving medical supplies to Sri Lanka for pregnant mothers and high-risk infants identified with COVID-19 to 11 public maternal hospitals across the island, the UK High Commission said in Colombo.

This is in response to a request from the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health via UNICEF, following the rapid escalation of COVID cases since mid-April 2021.

The initiative is funded by the UK’s International Program Fund and led by UNICEF. It will support the healthcare system by adding more than 100 pieces of medical equipment, including beds on highly dependent units, multipara monitors, syringe pumps, adult suction cups and infusion pumps.

Upon receiving the equipment today at the ministry, Health Minister Dr Keheliya Rambukwella pointed out that the equipment so generously donated could not have come at a better time to bolster Sri’s efforts. Lanka in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He further recognized the UK’s long-standing partnership with Sri Lanka as a trusted ally with this latest contribution demonstrating the concerted efforts required to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the emergence of new variants of COVID-19 from mid-April 2021, pregnant mothers and children have become a high-risk group with an increase in maternal deaths reported in the third wave of COVID-19.

“The UK is proud to support Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID 19. This contribution not only provides life-saving medical supplies, but also strengthens Sri Lanka’s maternal and child health system,” said British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton.

Essential medical equipment like this not only helps build the capacity of the health system to respond to COVID-19 today, but also contributes to the delivery of long-term health services. For example, the establishment of high dependency units in maternity wards of specialized hospitals had been identified as a critical need for many years before COVID by the Ministry of Health and will remain in maternity wards even in a post-COVID context. also, caring for high-risk pregnant women, thus contributing to the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths.

“COVID-19 has once again shown that the most vulnerable, especially pregnant women and young children, are the most affected by its consequences. This equipment, purchased with support from the UK, not only helps meet the immediate needs of those infected with the virus, but generally improves the quality of healthcare in the long term. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has supported the efforts of the government of Sri Lanka to ensure that essential health care is provided, especially for the most vulnerable, ”said the UNICEF representative, Christian Skoog.

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