AASL lab should be converted to quarantine facility – CMLSSL
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
The Airport and Aviation Services Limited (AASL) laboratory facility, which was built to conduct PCR tests on passengers arriving or leaving Sri Lanka, was set up to be converted into a quarantine laboratory for the BIA after a lapse of two years, the College of Medical Laboratory Science Sri Lanka (CMLSSL) said.
CMLSSL President, Ravi Kumudesh, said yesterday (2) that there was a large number of plants and genetic material, in addition to carriers of COVID-19 or other viral infections that were questionable and harmful arriving in the country. There should be a proper screening facility in possession of both these government authorities to screen them.
He added that the laboratory facility which had been set up with assistance from a German-based institution in a bid to conduct PCR testing on travellers arriving in Sri Lanka would be handed over to the country in two years, once able to cover the cost of setting it up. Already, there are such agreements in the country including the Expressways that have been constructed.