May 18: Arrangements have been made to import a further 21,000 oxygen cylinders that the Health Ministry estimates will be needed to treat COVID-19 patients in the country, the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication said.
According to Health Ministry estimates, Sri Lanka is expected to require 2000 4-litre oxygen cylinders, 10,000 12-litre cylinders and 9000 47-litre cylinders for emergency use. The Task Force headed by Basil Rajapaksa has instructed state-owned Litro Gas Lanka Ltd., to proceed with procuring these cylinders.
The company has made arrangements to import oxygen cylinders from Singapore and the first consignment is expected to arrive this week, the Task Force added.
Meanwhile, on a request made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Chinese Government, China is also looking into the possibility of supplying a consignment of medical equipment including oxygen cylinders to Sri Lanka. – Times Online.