(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Showing a strong gesture of solidarity towards the role of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) in Sri Lanka as well as the members of Sri Lankan armed forces in their fight against the control of COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Department of Defencethrough the High Commission of Australia yesterday extended its support by way of handing over a large consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) overalls and gloves to Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva,Head of the NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters.
The consignment, comprised of 10,200 high quality PPE overalls and 200,000 gloves, manufactured by Sri Lanka-based Australian firm Ansel to the value of AUD 150,000 was thus formally delivered by High Commissioner of Australia David Holly to the Head of the NOCPCO, Lieutenant GeneralShavendra Silva during today’s brief meeting.
The Australian High Commissioner, expressing support of the Australian Department of Defence to minimize further transmission of COVID-19 in SriLanka told the Head of NOCPCO that his government is committed to continueits support to Sri Lanka’s preparedness and response for COVID-19 through avariety of implementing partners.
Appreciative of the Australian symbol of solidarity and goodwill, Lieutenant General Silva acknowledged the generosity and extended his best wishes to the Australian Department of Defence for their brotherly understanding andsolidarity. “We are very grateful to you for the support as this is a real need for our tri service personnel struggling to combat this threat.
No country would say’no’ to this kind of assistance at this moment because everyone would need such protection at this hour to get the protection for others,” the Commanderremarked.
Defence Advisor in the Australian High Commission and representatives of Ansell Lanka were also associated with the meeting at the Commander’s office.