Sri Lanka: Asian Development Bank provides funds to assist in prevention and response of potential COVID-19 outbreak

Author: Modern Diplomacy, Published on: 14 March 2020

"ADB Provides Assistance to Combat COVID-19 in Sri Lanka", 15 March 2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has allocated a $600,000 grant from the Health System Enhancement Project to the Government of Sri Lanka to finance preventive and response efforts to fight a potential novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

The global public health emergency, which has now been characterized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, calls for urgent measures to respond to the disease in Sri Lanka...

...The grant will fund disease surveillance as well as the provision of medical supplies and equipment for the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Mulleriyawa and 17 hospitals identified by the Ministry of Health throughout the island for quarantine purposes. In addition, personal protective equipment and other laboratory equipment will be supplied to the Medical Research Institute...

...The first batch of supplies, worth 2 million rupees ($11,250), was handed over to the relevant institutions on 13 March 2020.