GMOA wants face mask relaxation reviewed

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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) noted that the decision, taken by the Health Ministry, to relax the mandatory wearing of facemasks in public places, by the masses, will need an urgent review due to a new strain or variant of the Covid-19 virus having emerged.

GMOA General Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge stated that the officials from the Health Ministry will need to make compulsory the wearing of facemasks in public places at least in the high risk areas where the new variant of the virus had begun to spread.

He lamented the fact that when most other countries tend to take constructive measures towards the curbing of the dreaded virus, those here do not tend to take its ramifications seriously till it reaches the boiling point.

The GMOA General Secretary noted that the Technical Committee on Covid-19, which has now become defunct, should be revived by the Health Services DG forthwith if the country is to avert a serious disaster with regard to the emergence of another fatal wave of the pandemic.

Dr. Aluthge added the new variant of the virus which has been identified as BA5 has already begun to ravage many other countries globally.

Hence he observed Sri Lanka would do well to overcome another devastating outbreak of the virus in the coming months when the country’s economy is already reeling.

By Amith Gamage