The COVID-19 Health and Social Security Fund has allocated Rs.36 million, or Rs. 36,605,812 to be exact, to the Health and Indigenous Medical Services Ministry to carry out essential PCR tests, the President’s Media Division said.

Chairman of the Management Committee of the Fund and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Prof. W.D. Lakshman handed over the cheque pertaining to the allocation to the Secretary to the Ministry of Health Major General Consultant (Dr.) Sanjeewa Munasinghe yesterday.

The money will be utilised to conduct PCR tests and health security consultation programmes.

An amount of Rs. 34,105,812.00 will be spent to purchase test kits for the PCR tests conducted by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura at the request of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services.    Meanwhile, Rs. 2.5 million has been allocated to purchase emergency and essential laboratory equipment with the aim of increasing the capacity of PCR tests conducted by the University of Jaffna.    The PMD said COVID-19 Fund’s balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,525 million.