With more than hundred new cases of Covid-19 being recorded and seven deaths due to the infection being confirmed on Monday (1), President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Health Ministry to expedite the vaccination programme and urged the public to obtain the booster vaccine.
The President said, there are 8 million doses of Covid vaccines in the country.
“We can use them until the end of October. We might not be able to use them all. So, we would have to donate the rest of the doses to another country. Therefore, I urge every citizens to obtain the vaccine soon,” he said.
“We should implement the methods through which the virus was brought under control in 2021,” A senior official for the Health Ministry said, yesterday (2), quoting Health Minister Rambukwella. He noted that the successful Covid vaccination programme implemented last year largely helped in curbing the virus spread of the Omicron Covid variant this year.
The spokesperson said President Ranil Wickremesinghe had called for the health service to make Covid control a focal point. All attention should be given to prevent another spread of the corona in the island.
“The Minister had also called for awareness programmes to be carried out for those who were going to see the Kandy ‘Esala Perahera’ this year. Also, the Minister instructed however that this awareness should be carried out in a manner which did not hinder the tourism industry,” he said.
Rambukwella also called for the officials to formulate a programme in collaboration with the Education Ministry authorities in order to prevent Covid and dengue spreading amongst schoolchildren.
Meanwhile, the President also said the attention has been drawn with regard to monkeypox as well.
“We have taken the first step to prevent the disease entering the country for now. Plans are being prepared to provide treatments if monkeypox cases are reported in Sri Lanka,” he said.
BY Dilanthi Jayamanne