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Rs. 250 mn approved for provision of ayurvedic medicine boxes to every home

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Prevention Committee has decided to draw up a plan in regard to the health guidelines and restrictions that need to be imposed when the country is re-opened after the quarantine curfew is lifted. Included in this plan is an Ayurveda medical box which will be provided to every household free of charge. The Morning learns that Rs. 250mn has been approved for this purpose.

Speaking exclusively to The Morning, Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurveda Hospitals Development Sisira Jayakoday stated that this medicine box is due to be distributed in religious places such as Temples, Churches and Kovils first.

“We have appealed for a budget of Rs 6bn, of which only Rs 250mn has been approved so far. With these approved funds we have decided to go ahead and initiate this venture to ensure that each house will have effective ayurvedic medicines against Covid-19 in the form of an ayurvedic Covid care box,” he said.

Additionally, Jayakody mentioned that the box would contain ayurvedic cough syrups and ‘covid-preventive’ herbal drinks which would help boost immunity.

According to the President’s Media Division, this development is a part of the three-phase plan recommended by health experts with respect to the operations of the public sector mechanism, public transport, and private sector services.