22/06/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Director General of Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRCS) Neville Nanayakkara today handed over a consignment of medicine imported in partnership with Direct Relief USA to the Ministry of Health, worth 18 million rupees to the Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health Dr. Palitha Mahipala.
These medicine will now be utilized to assist people affected by floods and landslides across Sri Lanka through the Red Cross medical and first aid camps.
SLRCS Gampaha & Colombo branches have been conducting medical and first aid camps for over a month since the onset of the disaster in order to assist most vulnerable communities in these districts that are prone towards health epidemics, such as diarrhea, fever and dengue.
Direct Relief USA an organization that provides health and care for vulnerable people on an ongoing basis and during emergencies. Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of people by working with local partners such as SLRCS that are best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for long-term recovery.
Over half a million people were affected by floods and landslides across Sri Lanka since last month. SLRCS along with its volunteers and partners has been working around the clock in order to assist the most vulnerable people affected by this disaster.