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Army prepares quarantine facility for Wuhan returnees

Two sealed dormitories at Diyatalawa Army Hospital:

The Army has prepared two new sealed dormitories inside the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital premises for those arriving from the Wuhan province in a special flight today. They will be quarantined for two weeks against the Coronavirus there.

The Army’s 17 Corps Engineer Service Regiment troops of the Security Force Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-Cen) completed the erection of those two new buildings yesterday evening.

Those 32 rooms in both sealed new dormitories, each 100 ft long and 20 ft wide are furnished with basic needs and equipped with medical tools, wi-fi communication facilities, thermometers and suit to medically sound quarantine purposes by keeping each occupant for an incubation period of two weeks, coupled with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Due privacy and confidentiality in this quarantine process adheres to the highest ethical conduct of the medical profession, urges all Sri Lankans to cooperate with medical and other state authorities to completely arrest any further spread of this deadly virus and honour the highest degree of confidentiality in this public exercise.

The planned entire public health exercise, implemented under the guidance of Colonel (Dr) Savin Gamage, Deputy Director, Preventive Medicine and Mental Health Services of the Colombo Army Hospital on the guidelines given by Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General of Army Health Services, is to be manned by the Officer Commanding at Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital and a team of combined medical officers.

In addition troops are in the process of renovating three more buildings in the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital premises which can also be used for the same purpose in case of any emergency or requirement.

Similarly, on an urgent request made by the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport authorities, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva has sent a group of Army personnel to help thermal scanning teams at the airport considering the prioritised requirement.



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