Sri Lankan dengue eradication expert team honored at reception hosted by High Commission of Pakistan

Oct 13, Colombo: The High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo hosted a reception for the Sri Lankan Expert Medical team which returned from Pakistan after rendering most invaluable services to combat spread of dengue menace in Pakistan.

Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Secretary of Health Ministry Dr. T. R. C. Ruberu, Director General of Epidemiology Unit Dr. P. Palihawadana, senior Sri Lankan government officials, the Expert Team members and the officers from the Pakistan High Commission Colombo attended the reception, a press release from the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said Thursday.

Looking at the growing rate of dengue patients in the Punjab province of Pakistan, the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo requested the Sri Lankan Government to provide trained personnel to visit Pakistan for immediate assistance and training of Pakistani medical and paramedical staff to help combat and control the spread of disease.

Resultantly, in a kind gesture of friendship, the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa personally assured the High Commissioner of Pakistan HE Seema Illahi Baloch of his government’s commitment to assist the government and people of Pakistan to overcome the disease outbreak.

During the reception the Charge d’ Affair of Pakistan High Commission said in her welcome remarks, that the people and Government of Pakistan are really grateful to the Sri Lankan team of medical personnel who have performed one of the most onerous duties which cannot be described in words.

She thanked President Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka, who warmly responded to the request by immediately sending the team to Pakistan with the fullest cooperation of Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and A.H.M Fowzie. She also thanked all the officials of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka who rallied behind their minister to fulfill this task successfully.

Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan enjoy a deep bond of cordial friendship and understanding which is mirrored in various walks of life. Apart from their deep mutual supportive relationship and sharing many common values, the populations in both the countries are also locked in a deep rooted friendship. Both the nations firmly believes this friendship and mutual understanding between the two brotherly countries will serve as a strong component which can be a harbinger for promoting peace and harmony in the region but also a great catalyst for bringing the people more closer.

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