Sri Lanka Red Cross Society [SLRCS] and UBER-Sri Lanka August 5th agreed to the request made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to provide 50,000 free trips to and from the vaccination centres. The Prime Minister set up this initiative during a briefing at Temple Trees on the progress of the ongoing free transportation program for doctors, nurses and health staff engaged in Covid-19 treatment duties in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Kandy districts.
President of SLRCS and Operations Manager of Uber- Sri Lanka briefed the Prime Minister on the progress of the transportation program for the health-care staff. The Prime Minister admired the role of the doctors, nurses and all medical staff for their compassionate service since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. He valued the free transport program as a mark of respect for their enormous service.
The Prime Minister articulated the need of strengthening the vaccination process and the importance of providing free transport services to those who are having difficulty in finding safe transportation to and from vaccination centers.
Mr. Jagath Abeysinghe, President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Mr. S. Liyanage, Operations Manager of UBER SRI LANKA and other representatives from the respective organizations were also present at the occasion.