The Federation of Sri Lankan Muslim Associations Qatar (FSMA-Q), under the guidance of the Sri Lankan embassy in Qatar, has provided 60 medical oxygen cylinders to help in the fight against Covid-19 back in Sri Lanka.
The support from FSMA-Q came in response to the call of the Sri Lankan government to expatriate Sri Lankans across the world in the fight against the pandemic by way of assisting in the provision of emergency medical supplies.
In a statement yesterday, FSMA-Q, the apex body of all Sri Lankan Muslim organisations in Qatar affiliated to the embassy, said it rallied all its member organisations to "support this noble cause by answering the government's call to help their motherland during this hour of need".
With the generous assistance of its member organisations, FSMA-Q was able to donate 60 medical oxygen cylinders through the embassy, to be airfreighted to Sri Lanka as urgent medical relief supplies. This will be a significant addition to the medical supplies that have already been provided as donations by other community organisations and well-wishers in Qatar, the statement notes.
A ceremony was held observing Covid-19 precautionary protocols to hand over the oxygen cylinders to the Sri Lankan ambassador to Qatar, Mohamed Mafaz Mohideen, on June 11.
Besides the ambassador, present on the occasion were FSMA-Q president Mohamed Rinoz, vice-president and project co-ordinator Mohamed Lafir and Executive Committee members.
Mohideen thanked FSMA-Q and its member associations for giving their support and co-operation to help their motherland during this time of need by providing 60 medical oxygen cylinders, which will go a long way in saving the lives of fellow Sri Lankan citizens back home.
The FSMA-Q president thanked all the members for giving their full support to this initiative in addition to focusing on the projects of their respective associations. He added FSMA-Q has always been at the forefront of supporting the Sri Lankan community back home during any calamity or disaster in the past, and thanked the ambassador as well as the embassy for the encouragement and guidance
provided in making this project a success.