Committee on COVID-19 Control calls on all sectors to ensure health guidelines implemented after opening of the country
Fri, Oct 1, 2021, 09:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 01, Colombo: The Special Committee on Covid-19 Control points out that with the opening up of the country, the respective sections should closely monitor whether the health guidelines are being strictly implemented.
As public gatherings are expected to take place after the curfew is lifted, the health units emphasized the need to adhere to the health guidelines issued in order to prevent the re-emergence of any risk of the COVID pandemic spreading.
They made this observation at the online meeting of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control chaired by Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa held this morning (October 01), the President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a press release.
The health guidelines to be followed when summoning public and private sector employees to work and regarding transport activities should be maintained in accordance with the relevant circulars. The relevant circulars have already been published on the websites of the ministries. The Ministry of Transport has also made plans to increase the number of buses and trains based on the needs of the passengers.
Nearly 95% of the total population over the age of 30 has been vaccinated with both doses. The vaccination of people in the age group of 20 to 30 years and the vaccination of children aged 12 to 19 years, who are with chronic diseases, is being carried out successfully. The Special Committee on COVID-19 Control decided to conduct a comprehensive census of vaccinations as soon as possible.
A lengthy discussion was held on the health measures that should be taken for the progress of tourism and economic sectors.
It was decided to continue to provide the people with the advice of health experts through the media to control the epidemic and to maintain the everyday life of the people uninterrupted.
Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella, Bandula Gunawardena, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Dullas Alahapperuma, Johnston Fernando, Ramesh Pathirana, Prasanna Ranatunga, State Ministers Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Sisira Jayakody, Channa Jayasumana, MP Madhura Withanage, Ministry Secretaries, Heads of Security Service, Officials including the Regional Directors of Health Services and the members of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control were present at the discussion.