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Sri lanka News – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has promised crisis-hit Sri Lanka four million US dollars worth of essential medical supplies and other support to meet the immediate health needs of the country.

WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has directed the WHO Health Emergencies Programme to take immediate action to meet the most urgent health needs of the people of Sri Lanka, a statement from the president’s office said on Thursday August 25.

The WHO chief was quoted as saying that the organisation recognises the ongoing economic pressure Sri Lanka is facing in addition to COVID-19-related pressure on the health system.

“To this end, I am pleased to inform you that I have tasked the WHO Health Emergencies Programme to take immediate action to meet the most urgent health needs of the people of Sri Lanka,” he said.

WHO is in the process of procuring medical supplies in collaboration with WHO’s Regional and Country Offices, as well as the Sri Lanka’s ministry of health and other relevant ministries.

Tedros said WHO will closely monitor the health risks to the population including the functionality and resilience of the health system and provide necessary technical assistance to strengthen provincial health services. (Colombo/Aug25/2022)

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