Sri Lanka cricketers donate funds for medical equipment | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka cricketers donate funds for medical equipment

The Sri Lankan cricket team also joined the war against the coronavirus by donating money to buy a medical apparatus called video Laryngoscope that would aid treating diagnosed patients.

Team captain Dimuth Karunaratne speaking to the Sunday Observer said he had heard about the requirement from his team-mates.

The device is called a televised tool used to inspect a victim's throat and larynx, or voice box, to diagnose the cause of a cough or sore throat besides removing particles embedded or to take samples of tissue for examination.

Former captain Angelo Mathews said the requirement had been brought to the notice of the national set up through a lawyer, Nishan Premathiratne.

“The team got together and helped out. We along with a few lawyers also got together in this cause,” Mathews disclosed.

“They (National Hospital of Sri Lanka) do have equipment, but they can’t use the existing machinery since the coronavirus is highly contagious. That is why we brought down this special equipment,” he explained.

According to Nishan, the request had come from the Intensive Care Unit of the NHSL.

He said the US product will go into use with immediate effect and the investment had also been funded by some President's Council members.  

Mathews who pulled off some athletic fielding in the last International against the West Indies stressed that it can’t be used for other patients with heart diseases.

Sri Lanka Cricket has already pledged to donate Rs. 25 million for the campaign against the coronavirus.

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