News Tech: Sri Lanka’s Free Ambulance Service 1990 Seriya Suwa, who was made available in Sri Lanka with a grant from India, turned 6 this year on Friday. The project was launched in 2016 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his package of healthcare in the form of his $7.6 million grant, News Wire reported Initially, ambulance services were provided in the western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and the project started as planned with his 88 ambulances.
India has always come forward to help the indebted island nation as part of its ‘neighborhood first’ policy. India recently granted Sri Lanka its eight lines of credit (LOCs) totaling US$1,850.64 million over the past decade. “In January 2022, India extended a $400 million currency swap in Sri Lanka under the SAARC framework and postponed the settlement of the Asian Clearing Union (A.C.U.) successively until 6 July 2022.
Celebrating Seriya Suwa’s anniversary on Friday, former minister Harsha de Silva, who launched the project, said it had been a resounding success with 5.4 million calls and 1.2 million emergency and intensive care admissions so far. He also congratulated the Suwa Seriya Dumindra Ratnayake Organization Chairman and his team of 1500 employees. According to News Wire, Dr. Harsha de Silva also thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for implementing and operating the free ambulance service.
Sri Lanka has been granted a credit facility of $500 million and US$1 million to import fuel from India,” Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said in a written response to questions from DMK Lok Sabha MP S. Ramalingam. stated in an answer by Jaishankar said India has granted a US$1 billion line of credit for the procurement of food, medicine and other essential goods from India. His over 25 tons of medicines and medical supplies donated by the Indian government and people over the past two months are worth around Sri Lankan Rupees (SLR).