BY ARIYARATNE GANEGODA AND KAMAL SURAWEERA
Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Y. K. Sinha said that a sum of US Dollars 7.5 million will be provided to Sri Lanka in the first stage of the Ambulance Service to be implemented in Sri Lanka on assistance from the Indian Government.
He pointed out that the staff of 600 required on behalf of supplementary nurses and medical officers as well as drivers will be recruited from Sri Lanka itself. The main office which will be running this ambulance service will have a computer system. He said that, Indian employees will be recruited only for maintaining this office.
Indian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha, expressing his views to the media in Kandy said that, the first stage of this programme is to be implemented in the Western and Southern Provinces. It has been planned to deploy 88 ambulances. This Ambulance Service will be maintained jointly, by governments of 17 Indian States and the private sector.
High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha said further that this project will be launched according to a request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.