Sri Lanka Army

Defender of the Nation

Published on - 1/17/2005


A large consignment of medicine and essentials collected by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) for distribution among Jaffna based tsunami victims were delivered to the Jaffna health authorities by Mr. S.M. Chandrasena, Deputy Minister for Women's Development and Social Welfare who was recently in Jaffna.

The stock worth over Rs. 500,000 (US $ 4761) was handed over to Dr. Nivendran, Provincial Director of Health Services in Jaffna district on 03 January 2005 by both Deputy Minister Mr. Chandrasena and Commander, Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna Major General Sunil Tennakoon.

Dr. Nivendran after acknowledgement thanked the Deputy Minister and the SLRC for their humanitarian gesture of goodwill and expressed the hope that such stocks would help alleviate human suffering caused by the tsunami disaster.

Meanwhile, the Asain German Sports Exchange Programme (AGSEP) under German Aid programme donated another stock of essential medical items including antibiotics and jeevani to the Palaly Army Base Hospital that were brought by AGSEP Executive Director Mr. Dietmar Doering. Major General Sunil Tennakoon, Commander, Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna receiving the donation on behalf of the Army thanked their organization for its thought on troops. This consignment valued over Rs. 500,000 was subsequently handed over to the Medical Officer, Major D. Pinidiya Pathirage at Palaly Army Base Hospital. In the meantime, Major General Sunil Tennakoon, Commander, Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna at the dawn of the New Year addressed a representative section of his troops deployed in Jaffna peninsula and underlined the importance of their abiding dedication for service in the wake of tasks that lie ahead after the tsunami disaster. Reaffirming their commitment to work after taking the “Service oath” on the first working day (03 January) of the New Year, Major General Tennakoon shared tea with his Senior Offers and other ranks after extending his best wishes for the New Year.

546 tsunami victims housed at Kudattanai Social Welfare Centre in Jaffna based 551Brigade who continue to receive relief supplies from troops since the moment they were rendered homeless on Tuesday (4) were provided another stock of essentials and dry rations, donated by Sparkling Travels on Tuesday (4) in the company of Brigadier V.R Silva, Rev Father Anthonez, St Anthony Church, Ponpathi, Rev Father Rajan Mohan from South India, Assistant Police Superintendent for Point Pedro. Some more stocks, donated by Hemas Company Ltd were also shared among victims housed at Kudattanai village on the instructions of respective Commanding Officers in the area. Similarly, fifty tents provided by Deputy Minister Mr Dilan Perera were also distributed among families sheltered at welfare centre at Kudattanai Madhu church premises.