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Jaishankar offers India’s help after hospital in Sri Lanka suspend surgeries due to shortage of medicines

Disturbed over the news that the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital in Kandy has halted all surgeries, Jaishnakar directed the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay to find out how New Delhi could assist in resolving the issue.

IANS Reported by: IANS Colombo Updated on: March 29, 2022 16:41 IST
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participates in the 18th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Colombo. 

Highlights

  • EAM S Jaishankar offered assistance to a Sri Lankan government hospital amid economic crisis
  • The Sri Lankan government hospital had to halt all surgeries due to a lack of medicines.
  • Severe dollar crisis led Sri Lanka to curtail the purchase of imports including essential medicines

Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishnakar on Tuesday offered assistance to a Sri Lankan government hospital that had to halt all surgeries due to a lack of medicines.

Disturbed over the news that the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital in Kandy has halted all surgeries, Jaishnakar directed the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay to find out how New Delhi could assist in resolving the issue.

Subsequently, the Indian envoy contacted senior medical officials attached to the hospital and had inquired about the required medicines that are needed to continue regular surgeries.

At a meeting by hospital authorities on Monday, a decision had been taken to suspend all surgeries due to the severe shortage of drugs including the anesthesia drug, Neostigmine used to reverse the effects of anesthesia medication used during surgery.

The severe dollar crisis has led Sri Lanka to curtail the purchase of major imports including essential medicines leading shortage of essential medicines both in state hospitals and private pharmacies.

Since January, India has offered Sri Lanka nearly $2.5 billion in financial assistance, including a $1 billion credit line on March 17, to buy medicine, food and other essentials.

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