Australia police help keep SL police safe in COVID-19 fight
Donate consignment of urgently needed medical supplies to assist frontline officers continue their duties
COLOMBO – The Australian Federal Police, in a show of support for its Sri Lanka counterparts in their fight to combat the spread of COVID-19, donated a consignment of urgently required medical supplies to the Sri Lanka Police on Wednesday (16).
The donation was presented by the Senior Officer of the Australian Federal Police in Colombo, Detective Superintendent Rob Wilson to Senior Deputy Inspector General of Sri Lanka Police, Lalith Pathinayake, at the Sri Lanka Police Hospital, Colombo 5.
The provided medical equipment seeks to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus amongst police personal and to aid the Sri Lanka Police to continue to carry out their duties, the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement.
Expressing Australia’s solidarity with Sri Lanka in facing the impact of COVID-19, particularly as many Sri Lanka Police officers have been directly impacted by the pandemic, Detective Superintendent Rob Wilson said the medical equipment would assist frontline police officers in Sri Lanka to continue duties on the frontline responding to the pandemic, and protecting the community. “This initiative continues the long standing friendship between the Sri Lanka Police and the Australian Federal Police,” he added.
Australia’s support to Sri Lanka Police is part of an overall package of support from Australia to Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response that seeks to bolster health security, provide critical food and hygiene items to Sri Lankan communities and support economic recovery, the statement said.