From left to right: Provincial Director of Health, Sabaragamuwa – Dr Kapila Kannangara; Director of Client Development, Unilever Sri Lanka – Aruna Mawilmada; Deputy Director General, Biomedical Services – Janappriya Karunatilleke; Media and Activation Manager, Unilever Sri Lanka – Channa Tennakoon; Private Secretary to the Minister of Health – Kanchana Jayaratne; Director General of Health Services – Dr Asela Gunawardena; Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Division General – Dr Sanjeewa Munasinghe; Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Health – Dr Sunil de Alwis; and Head of Legal and Corporate Secretary, Unilever Sri Lanka – Laksara Marapana.
Unilever Sri Lanka, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing consumer goods companies, has donated 32 oxygen concentrators worth Rs 10million to the Ministry of Health as part of its continued efforts to help the government manage pandemics. Thanks to this partnership, the oxygen concentrators will be made available to the public hospitals concerned.
The donation was handed over by the Director of Client Development of Unilever Sri Lanka – Aruna Mawilmada, the Legal Director and Corporate Secretary – Laksara Marapana, and the Director of Media and Activation – Channa Tennakoon, to the Secretary from the Ministry of Health, Major General – Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Health in the presence of the Private Secretary of Hon. Minister of Health – Kanchana Jayaratne, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Health – Dr Sunil de Alwis, Director General of Health Services – Dr Asela Gunawardena, Deputy Director General, Biomedical Services – Janappriya Karunatilleke, and Provincial Director of Health, Sabaragamuwa – Dr Kapila Kannangara.
Thanking Unilever for its contribution, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Dr Sanjeewa Munasinghe, said: âWe are very grateful to Unilever Sri Lanka for their continued support during the pandemic. This donation comes at a crucial time when all possible forms of medical support are needed to care for our people. We thank the company for its generous efforts and look forward to further collaborations with Unilever to bring relief and aid to our country. “
Commenting on the donation, Hajar Alafifi, President of Unilever Sri Lanka, said: âIn these turbulent times, providing quality health services has become the need of the hour. As a company that has been anchored in the lives of Sri Lankans for over 83 years, we see it as our duty to support medical efforts aimed at combating the pandemic. “
Unilever has contributed over Rs. 60 million for COVID-19 relief efforts since March 2020, with several of its brands at the forefront of public education and safety; Its Lifebuoy hygiene brand has set up 100 Lifebuoy handwashing stations across the island and has consistently engaged with community members to raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation. Unilever’s efforts also include donating funds to the COVID-19 Health and Social Security Fund and providing essential personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, masks and Unilever products to government and agencies. partners working in the prevention and control of the pandemic.