With Sri Lanka in the grip of a severe economic crisis with no foreign currency reserves to import food, fuel and medicines, DGE Jerome Rajendram received an emergency request for help from the island nation’s ministry of health and the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), Colombo.
Following the request, Rajendram reached out to Rotary clubs in India. PDG Dr E K Sagadhevan and RC Erode Central, RID 3203, readily agreed to help out with emergency supplies and arranged shipment worth ₹1 crore within days.
The medicines were handed over to Dr W K Wickramasinghe, deputy director general of health services, by RC Colombo West, RID 3220. “Thus, we embarked on our very first community project for the new Rotary year,” said Kapila Mohotti, club president. DGE Rajendram, community service director K P Nagarajana, Mohotti and Dr Ruwan Thushara Matiwalage, along with NHSL officials, thanked Rotary India for the timely shipment of essentials.