Inform MOH for fresh date – Dr. Herath
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Deputy Director General of Health Services (Public Health), Dr. Hemantha Herath said, those in high risk areas who missed the COVID-19 vaccine, should inform the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) in the area to obtain another date.
Addressing the Media yesterday (3), Dr. Herath said, there was no need for the public to gather creating congestion. “All persons would be given the vaccine. So, wait for your turn to get it,” he added.
“If you are unable to go on that particular date for the vaccination you can get a fresh date,” he advised.
Meanwhile, the College of Medical Laboratory Science Sri Lanka (CMLSSL) alleged the Epidemiology Unit had taken over vaccination duty, thus slowing down their surveillance work, bringing about a drastic drop in the number of PCR tests being done. The drop in the number of COVID-19 patients being detected daily does not mean there is a scientific reduction in the number of patients but the Epidemiology Unit had slowed down inspections, President of the CMLSSL, Ravi Kumudesh alleged.
He added, with only one dose of the vaccine being administered only in the Western Province, it does not mean the PCR testing should not be carried out in the rest of the provinces in the country. A single dose would not prevent people from being infected.
Kumudesh said, vaccination could be handed over to the competent hospital system in Sri Lanka that was quite capable of administering them and had the necessary facilities. Also, there were Grama Niladaris, Police personnel and Samurdhi Officers who were quite capable of rallying together those who should get the vaccine on a given date.
The main duty of the Epidemiology Unit was to strengthen surveillance.
According to the National Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NCPCO) only 9,947 PCR tests had been carried out by last (3) morning while only 317 persons had tested positive. On Tuesday (2) only 9,822 PCR tests had been carried out in which 310 persons had tested positive on Monday (1) 10,421 PCR tests had been done in which 352 persons had tested positive.
He lamented the Epidemiology Unit was not making use of the full capacity available for PCR testing by increasing the number of samples.