Colombo: On Sunday, the Indian Navy ship Shakti carrying 100 tons of liquid medical oxygen arrived in Sri Lanka to help the island nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country’s port minister, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, is receiving cargo at the port here and praised India’s assistance to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The High Commission of India stated here that the deployment of Indian naval vessels to deliver oxygen was in response to a request for personal assistance from Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to urgently supply liquid medical oxygen (LMO).
?? The friendship and coordination between the Navy and other stakeholders in India and Sri Lanka was demonstrated because the Sri Lankan navy ship Shakthi carrying 40 tons of living modified organisms also started from Chennai at about the same time as INS Shakti. Journey to Colombo.
?? Two Shakti ships set off from two different ports in India to the same destination at the same time for a common purpose. This is a rare example, ?? it said.
India’s assistance to Sri Lanka during the pandemic is diverse and demand-based. From April to May 2020, nearly 26 tons of basic medical supplies were donated. In July 2020, a currency swap of USD 400 million was provided.
The High Commission of India stated that India donated the first batch of vaccines in January 2021, allowing Sri Lanka to launch its vaccination plan ahead of schedule.
The current number of infections in Sri Lanka is rising rapidly.
Health authorities said on Sunday that the death toll exceeded 7,000 and nearly 200 people died.
According to officials, in response to the rapid increase in the number of new patients, the demand for oxygen has increased by 30%.