Mannar, Mullaithivu, Jaffna MC, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Gampaha: Health guidelines followed while voting
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
All precautions were taken to ensure that health safety guidelines to prevent voters from contracting COVID-19 while casting their vote in the 75 polling centres in the Mannar and Mullaithivu areas, were followed, Mannar Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS), Dr. Vinoden Dharmarajan said.
Dr. Dharmarajan who had visited 35 polling stations said Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) and the Public Health Midwives (PHMs) ensured that voters coming into the polling stations adhered to regulations that had been gazetted by the Ministry of Health.
Sources of the Medical Officer of Health Services (MOH) of the Jaffna Municipal Council (MC) area said there were certain polling stations which were difficult to organise due to the lack of health staff but that the 50 polling stations in the Jaffna MC area were managed with voters cooperating with PHIs, PHMs and other health officers.
They said of the six persons in self-quarantine in the Jaffna MC area, three had come to vote while the other three had informed the MOH that they would not.
RDHS of the Kilinochchi District, Dr. N. Sarawanabhavan said there was about a 50 per cent voter turnout by early evening.
The Vavuniya RDHS area said the MOHs under him had ensured the health safety of 141 polling centres. Available health staff had taken corrective measures as and when they noted the violation of health regulations, he said. Two persons in self-quarantine had informed the relevant MOHs that they too would be casting their vote.
However, in some polling centres in the Gampaha District, precautionary measures such as using polythene screens to cover the election officers were not taken.