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Army: In the frontlines of the battle against COVID- 19

Sri Lanka Army to the fore in COVID-19 fight.
Sri Lanka Army to the fore in COVID-19 fight.

After the first patient who was reported positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka during mid-March 2020, the Sri Lankan military had to roped into the problem officially as the Army is regarded and respected as the ideal organization to deal with all types of emergencies that the nation is faced with anytime.

More than six months into this pandemic, Sri Lanka is still making great effort and progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19. With the increasing number of COVID patients in the country passing 11,000, the country is on the verge of a critical pandemic situation.

The military went above the duty of tackling this outbreak as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swung into action duly mobilizing the Tri-Forces to counter the spread of the virus after the Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed by the President as the head of National Operation Centre for COVID-19 Outbreak. Since then the Army continues to display their capacity to overcome all the challenges with the spirit of altruism.

However, as the Covid-19 virus remains a dangerous enemy the military displays its kindness to all Sri Lankans irrespective of race and religion. Under the guidance and the supervision of the Commander of the Army, the Army troops have set up quarantine centres and hospitals islandwide. They have shown their prowess in setting up quarantine centres within a very short time period. This excellent service is provided to both locals and foreigners. Sri Lanka is the only nation which could facilitate free quarantine services for each and every one. This remarkably challenging task of tracing, screening, transporting, quarantining etc must be highly appreciated as no other organization could provide such a clear mechanism to help protect against the Covid spread.

As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 11,000 and the number of confirmed deaths stands at 22 the first priority during this pandemic has been the protection of the community. Different countries use different methods to control the virus.

As Sri Lanka continues grappling with significant spikes in Coronavirus cases, the military personnel without any hesitation have contributed largely for a smooth run of the outbreak. Therefore, Social isolation, social distancing, home quarantining, curfews, better PCR testing systems, random temperature checks, post-surveillance monitoring are currently in full swing under the able guidance of the Head of the NOPCO, amply supported by the health authorities etc.

To date (02 Nov), 61,995 individuals have left for homes after quarantining and 4039 persons in 45 Tri-Forces managed quarantine centres are still in quarantine. Within yesterday, more than 11,000 PCR tests were carried out across the country and the total PCR tests conducted so far stands at 523,822. Many police divisions in the Western Province, Kurunegala district and Ratnapura districts are now under curfew. Though this pandemic has brought sudden changes in our lives the military’s all time support has made a huge difference to stop the fast spread.

Dedicated troops, irrespective of the complex and challenging nature of the emergence of the second cluster of infected persons would overcome this challenge too within a short period with the help of the health conscious public in the country since everyone in the Army is determined to arrest the fast spreading situation with all possible force for the greater benefit of our society and all Sri Lankans.