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By Ifham Nizam

All health measures must be maintained to control person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus, warned the former director general of health services, Dr Anil Jasinghe. Environment Department Secretary Dr Jasinghe said that despite the fact that the Covid-19 virus is currently under control here, however, all health measures taken to control the transmission of the virus from person to person. ‘other should be continued.

The secretary made these remarks by participating in an information session at the premises of the Ministry of the Environment on the procedures to be followed for the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus.

The government had asked each institution to seek the services of a health worker to inform their agents of the measures required for the suppression of Covid-19, but the Ministry of the Environment did not specifically request the services of a such agent, he said.

Dr Jasinghe, who took over the outreach task in his ministry said the epidemic was currently under control in Sri Lanka but in some countries the Covid -19 and its new variant Omicron were spreading like wildfire . In New York, for example, patients were still being reported. In the UK, around 100,000 patients have been reported daily.

“We have encountered a lot of difficulties in the past because of the Covid -19. You know how the Sri Lankan government, people and institutions have been faced with great difficulties. At the same time, we were able to act in a way that did not harm currency generating institutions such as our Board of Investment as well as exporting institutions, ”he added.

He believes there should be certain criteria for the health sector to advance the country’s economy and social affairs while controlling the spread of Covid-19. “Everyone must act accordingly. The various social inequalities in the country must be prevented from favoring the spread of the pandemic. If social inequalities are included in the virus, the impact of the virus can be doubled. “

“The Omicron virus, which is spreading around the world these days, is now shown to be less effective than other strains of Covid. Right now there is some control over the Covid-19 outbreak here, ”Dr Jasinghe said adding that although a number of patients were being reported, the marked reduction in mortality was a good thing. The reason was that the effect of the virus was gradually waning.

He noted that such epidemics were reported about a hundred years ago. The Covid-19 viruses should have stopped, but this time it took a long time for the virus to subside. As the virus escalated, different variants were triggered, like firecrackers. Although the Covid-19 virus has certain controls, it can be counterattacked. Therefore, all sanitary measures aimed at controlling person-to-person transmission of the virus must be maintained.

Therefore, personal distance must be maintained. Additionally, wearing face masks, using hygienic fluids, and cleaning hands can be used as tactics to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Therefore, until Covid-19 is eradicated from our country as well as the entire world, we will have to use the same tactics used to prevent it, Dr Jasinghe said.


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