Health guidelines must continue to be maintained: Epidemiology Unit Director
COVID-19 prevention is slowly showing signs of being forgotten in Sri Lankan society and this is not a good trend as a country, stated Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Director of the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit. He emphasised that it is essential to draw more public attention to the prevention of COVID-19.
He stated this at a press conference held at the main auditorium of the Health Promotion Bureau yesterday (15), where he spoke on the current situation regarding the control and prevention of the spread of COVID-19, as well as how the loss of attention to the disease affects the country.
Dr. Samaraweera said that with the discovery of the first COVID-19 patient in Sri Lanka on 27 January that the commitment of the health sector as well as the good health practices of the people of our country contributed to controlling the disease better than other countries in the last eight months. He said that a significant positive trend has been achieved.
The doctor further explained that the last time a patient was discovered from within society was on 02 August and COVID-19 was controlled in our country in a unique way compared to other countries.
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera stressed that the health care system is gradually losing ground among the people and added that the use of masks, maintaining social distancing as well as washing hands with soap and sanitizers should be implemented as before.
"At a time when schools and institutions are open and social activities are taking place as usual, the risk of COVID-19 has not yet been eliminated, so do not hesitate to wear masks," he said.
Dr. Samaraweera emphasised the importance of maintaining good health practices and adhering to the same guidelines as before.