The South Asia Gateway Terminals Pvt Ltd. and the Ministry of Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure a continuous supply of triphosha for expectant women, lactating mothers and infants of low weight.
Under the programme, the company will supply essential ingredients required for thriposha for a period of one year.
The ingredients are being provided in the form of a donation, and is expected to cost Rs.185 million.
The MoU was signed under the patronage of Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella and was penned by the Chief Executive Officer of the South Asia Gateway Terminals Pvt Ltd. Romesh David, Secretary of the Health Ministry Janaka Sri Chandragupta and President of Sri Lanka Thriposha Ltd. Deepti Kularatne.
The Health Ministry noted that Sri Lanka is the only country in Asia that provides Thriposha as an immediate remedy for underweight children while nearly 2 million Thriposha packets are produced monthly for expectant and lactating mothers as well as underweight children.
Minister Rambukwella said Sri Lanka’s free health system is of high standards in comparison to other countries while the triphosha programme has been successful despite the challenges faced over many years.
The Minister noted that amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the current challenging situations, the Health Ministry has paid special attention to the nutrition levels of expectant women, lactating mothers and children.