May 29, 2020

China donates 125,000 face masks to SL school children

China has donated 125,000 face masks for Sri Lankan school children from low-income families ahead of schools being reopened.

Charge d’affaires of Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Hu Wei handed over the donation of the face masks to Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma on May 26.

The embassy noted that the Ministry of Education is very kind to help to distribute the masks directly to the needed.

The Chinese envoy stated that China and Sri Lanka have been supporting each other in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and both countries are facing a new challenge to resume normalcy in every aspect of life, including to reopen schools.

“Young students are the future of our countries and nations. The Chinese Embassy, by making this donation, extended a most sincere wish to better ensure the safety of Sri Lankan students, and to ease their families’ trepidation after they return to school in 25 districts. China stands by Sri Lanka with all solidarity and support within its ability on fighting the virus and reviving the economy,” the Embassy said in a statement.

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma too, had has highly appreciated this timely donation and believed it will be very helpful to better protect the returning students.

Briefing local media at the ceremony, he said that since the outbreak of the COVID-19, Sri Lanka had been receiving huge amount of most needed medical supplies donated by the central and local governments, enterprises and individuals from China. These medical supplies including more than 70 thousand test kits and millions of masks had largely contributed to the effective prevention and control of pandemic on the island. Sri Lankan people will always remember this great support from the oriental country.

(Pics courtesy : Twitter handle of Chinese embassy in Colombo)

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