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Work together to defeat pandemic - Lanza

State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure Nimal Lanza said that it is very important to strengthen the economy by controlling the COVID-19 pandemic during and after the quarantine period.

State Minister Lanza was speaking to the media.

“The Government spends a large amount of money on the vaccination programmes, control of hospital services, provision of facilities and relief to the people during the quarantine period. For all these, the country’s economy needs to be on a sound footing. Otherwise, not only the anti-COVID vaccination programme, but the other major sectors in the country could suffer a severe setback. Therefore, we must appreciate the steps taken by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to maintain the economic process by giving priority to protecting the people even in the midst of difficulties,” he said.

“The tourism industry which was badly affected by the Easter Sunday Terror Attacks, suffered a further setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has had a drastic impact on the country’s economy. When the present Government came to power the foreign exchange reserves were in a pitiful state. The present Government inherited a bankrupt economy which is now plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic affects the whole world. Therefore, the Government will act responsibly in putting the country on a sound economic footing,” Lanza added.

“Most of the COVID-19 deaths are those of senior citizens over 60 years of age. Therefore, a special vaccination programme has been initiated to protect them. We request senior citizens to get the vaccination without further delay.

Vaccination is a priority for all countries in the world to control the COVID-19 pandemic and Sri Lanka is giving pride of place to vaccinating the entire population. We must all work diligently to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Otherwise, the commitment and hard work of the health sector, Security Forces personnel and other support groups will be in vain,” State Minister Lanza said.


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