New Delhi: – India has started supply of medicines and medical kits to Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, for the fight against the Coronavirus. This the medicine Hydroxychloroquine, proved to be the most effective drug against Coronavirus, along with medical supplies like gloves and masks. Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have expressed gratitude for these supplies.
A few days ago, Prime Minister Modi established a dialogue with the SAARC member countries, through teleconferencing and offered a helping hand for the fight against Coronavirus. The COVID-19 fund also was established by SAARC, with an initiative from India, which will provide aid to the SAARC countries in the fight against Coronavirus.
Coronavirus has claimed 140 lives in Bangladesh and there are 5,000 Coronavirus cases in the country. Sri Lanka has reported 7 deaths and 420 cases of Coronavirus. 52 cases have been reported from Nepal. In this scenario, the assistance provided by India proves vital.
India sent a hundred thousand Hydroxychloroquine tablets and 50,000 gloves, to Bangladesh, on Sunday. Before this, India had provided face masks and headcovers for the doctors in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Health Minister Jahid Malik thanked India, on receipt of the aid.
India has provided aid even to Nepal. India supplied 23 tonnes of medicines and medical equipment to Nepal. The medical supplies to Nepal include Hydroxychloroquine and Paracetamol tablets. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, the Indian Ambassador to Nepal, handed over the medicine and equipment to Bhanubhakta Dhakal, the Health Minister of Nepal. Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli thanked India for the gesture.
India has supplied Hydroxychloroquine and gloves for Doctors and medical staff, even to Sri Lanka.