Regional DHS, Epidemiologist transferred
By Kumudu Upul Shantha
The Regional Director of Health Services and the Regional Epidemiologist of the Galle District have been transferred over the incident of illegally vaccinating many people from the Western Province. The decision was taken after preliminary inquiries carried out by the Health Ministry following the exposé by the Media, which the Ministry says is being further probed.
The Ministry of Health had launched an investigation into the irregularities at a COVID vaccination programme held recently at Unawatuna in Galle, after the matter was exposed by the Media on 7 June.
Several politicians and trade unions had highlighted the incident after it was uncovered by the Media while the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Prof. Channa Jayasumana also brought the matter to attention during the Parliamentary session held on 8 June.
A group of individuals from the Western Province had arrived for the vaccination programme in Galle to receive the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, despite the islandwide travel restrictions in place.
State Minister Prof. Jayasumana had said a team from the Health Ministry has been deployed in Galle to look into the matter and that legal and disciplinary action will be sought against those individuals who attended the vaccination programme violating protocols.