Health Minister says looking for options
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said his Ministry would look at possibilities of making the coronavirus vaccine mandatory. Rambukwella said on Sunday (26) that the COVID vaccine not only provided a health safety net for the recipient of the jab but also to those who came into contact with him or her on a daily basis.
Therefore, it is worthwhile to look into possibilities including it into the ‘must have’ category to ensure public health safety against the coronavirus, he noted. Earlier Minister Rambukwella during an inspection tour of District General Hospital (DGH), Nawalapitiya said the country was to be open on 1 October under certain restrictions. Rambukwella appealed to people to strictly adhere to health guidelines once that happened.
“It would help us successfully control the coronavirus. The health service is prepared to provide its maximum support towards this gain. However, it is up to the citizens of this country to act responsibly and do their part. He observed that the public should make a conscious effort in this regard. Currently, there is a decrease in the number of new cases and fatalities due to the infection. Sri Lanka reached third or fourth place amongst the top ten countries in the world in providing both doses of the COVID vaccines for the over 30s.
The inoculation of those between 20-29 and children between 12-19 with chronic illnesses are also underway at Kurunegala and Anuradhapura. A Health Ministry official said that Rambukwella was inspecting a hospital which was initially a Base Hospital. In 2004 it was upgraded to a District General Hospital (DGH).
The process of absorbing the DGH Nawalapitiya, which is currently under the Central Provincial Council was nearing completion, he noted. Agriculture Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and several political representatives were also present on this occasion.