In a full page advertisement released today in national dailies, the government quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the expansion of the service to whole of country during his last visit to Sri Lanka in May 2017.
The service, which is being implemented with a grant of 22.8 million US dollars from Indian government was eflagged by PM Modi on Saturday in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The advertisement said that ambulance service has responded to more than six lakh emergency calls and more than 84 thousand patients have been attended at an average response time of 12.58 minutes.
Sri Lanka lacked an emergency ambulance service till it was proposed by PM Modi during his first visit to Sri Lanka in May 2015.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister while signing MOU for the countrywide expansion stated that this is a good example of the Indian success story being transferred to Sri Lanka.
Apart from providing ambulances, the grant covers training of manpower in India and meeting operational costs for one year.
This project is another milestone in the wide raging development partnership between India and Sri Lanka.