MoH’s latest decision over on-arrival testing, questioned!

It has been revealed that fake PCR test reports using letterheads forged in Sri Lanka as well as in countries such as India and Pakistan are widely used by air passengers.

The following is such a PCR test result forged in Sri Lanka.

In such a backdrop, the recent guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to passengers arriving in Sri Lanka, could lead to disastrous consequences, field sources say.

On Tuesday (28) evening, the ministry announced that fully vaccinated local and foreign passengers arriving in Sri Lanka, who were tested negative at the time of their departure, do not require on-arrival PCR testing at the airport and will be allowed to integrate into society from the airport.

The MoH media release stated that the decision was taken by a technical committee.

President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS), Ravi Kumudesh says that it was highly doubtful whether this decision was willingly taken by the Director General of Health Services or whether someone forced him to do so.

Regardless, Kumudesh urged to reveal the identity of the technical committee that has recommended this move which could plunge the entire country in danger.

Pointing out that a vaccine preventing the spread of Covid-19 is yet to be developed, Kumudesh says that the decision to treat vaccinated persons as those with no Covid-19 is extremely foolish.

Kumudesh said the sensitivity of a PCR test was lower than 70% and that the infected status could easily change during a lengthy flight.

Meanwhile, health services point out that there is a conspiracy behind this decision and fingers are also being pointed at the Minister of Health – Keheliya Rambukwella as the second wave (Brandix cluster) and the spread of Delta in Sri Lanka had been both traced to imported cases.

In this backdrop, questions are being raised on what basis the Health minister had agreed to this decision.

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