COVID-19 awareness programme covering all rural areas
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Backward Rural Areas Development and Promotion of Domestic Animal Husbandry and Minor Economic Crop Cultivation State Minister, Sathasivam Viyalanderan yesterday (11) said arrangements have been made to commence a COVID-19 prevention and awareness programme jointly with the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, covering all the rural areas in the county including the North and East as well as the Central Highlands.
Viyalanderan went on to say that the inauguration ceremony of this programme was held at the Ministry auditorium on the same day and the COVID-19 prevention video footage, posters and leaflets were officially handed over to WHO representative Dr. Alkha Singh and UNICEF representative Christian Skoog during the event.
The first and second waves of COVID-19 were successfully curbed, but the third wave has proved to be a challenge to the country and the Government has taken all possible steps to curb it very soon, according to Viyalanderan.
He said efficient mechanisms have been drafted by the Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and health officials were implementing all directions and instructions from the top to safeguard the citizens of this country from falling victim to this deadly virus.
Viyalanderan said nearly 75 per cent of the population in the country have already received the COVID-19 vaccine and expressed confidence that the vaccination drive can be completed before the end of this year.
He said the WHO and UNICEF were satisfied with the COVID-19 prevention programme being implemented in Sri Lanka and praised that it was a great achievement when compared to other countries in the region as well as all over the world which are combating this deadly virus. Viyalanderan said as his Ministry is responsible for the development of backward areas in the county, it has taken steps to find a solution to health issues prevailing in those areas, while uplifting their livelihood as well as economic conditions.