HSBC SL with A-PAD coordinated with the Disaster Management Center (DMC) to provide vital and essential medicine to the Ministry of Health (MoH). The call by the state to bridge the severe shortage of medicine in hospitals was responded by HSBC SL and A-PAD.
A-PAD Sri Lanka secured pharmaceuticals amidst high demand and existential shortage of goods in the market. This was made possible by further localized partnerships with its platform members. Medication administered for Cardiovascular related diseases, Oncology, Anesthesia, Osteoporosis and Bone Density related issues worth over a sum of Rs. 10 million was officially handed over to Ministry of Health. These medicines were prioritized from the vital and essential medicines listed out by MoH.
An official handover ceremony was held at the A-PAD SL premises, with the presence of Dr. Saman Ratnayake (State Secretary, Ministry of Health), Mr. Kelum Edirisinghe – Chief Risk Officer HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives (Acting CEO, HSBC SL), Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe (Director General, Disaster Management Centre), Dr. Hemantha Herath (Deputy Director General of Public Health Service/Director of Communications, Ministry of Health), Mr. Palitha Wickramage (Prime Minister’s Secretariat), Ms. Dilini Fernando (Corporate Sustainability Manager, HSBC SL) and Mr. Firzan Hashim (A-PAD SL Country Director).
Dr Saman Ratnayake acknowledged the donation by HSBC SL and A-PAD at a time when the private sector has its own share of difficulties owing the economic crisis. He conveyed his gratitude and reiterated the need for public private partnership to support the efforts in providing prioritized vital medicine to the people. Bridging the gap in the provision of medicine is essential for a specified period, until the situation is conducive for supplies to return back to normalcy, he said.