Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Charity starts at home, perhaps the prisons

Burmese aid for post flood health care in Orissa

by Syed Ali Mujtaba
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 21:11

Chennai (Mizzima)– The Burmese military junta has donated medical supplies worth Rs. 38 crore to the Orissa government to help its post flood health care programme as a token of appreciation for India's help to Burma when it was lashed by the deadly Cyclone Nargis in May.

Burma's Ambassador to India Kyi Thein handed over a consignment of 788 cartons containing 9.85 lakh disposable syringes to Anu Garg Orissa's Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department at a function held in Bhubneshwar on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion Kyi Thein said that in May this year when Burma was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the worst calamity in the country's history, India as a real friend extended its helping hand by sending the first relief materials for the victims.

"Now we have got a chance of handing over a small donation of Rs 38 crore worth disposable syringes to supplement the requirements of the government of Orissa" the Ambassador said and thanked the state government for accepting the donation.

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