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We will do our best at Quarantine Centres - Army Commander

No need to panic

Army Commander Lt.Gen. Shavendra Silva called on all not to be misled by posts of social media about the quarantine process.

“No one should believe in rumours or fake stories, being circulated in social media which is at times completely false and misleading. As Sri Lankans, you should trust Tri-Forces, Health Ministry and the action being taken by the Government. We will not tell lies, nor will the Army hide anything on this issue,” Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Lt.Gen.Shavendra Silva said.

“We are an Army which has won a war that was considered unwinnable and gained full  confidence of the public. Anyone wishing to make any complaints, collect information or discuss anything regarding our quarantine issues is free to dial Tel No: 0113090502 or 113. Even inside Army improvised Quarantine Centers, there is a proper system through which they are provided with food and refreshments. We are an Army who were used to sleep in jungles, under trees and stones, yet we would be the last to drink tea or coffee after cutting plastic bottles half. Inside jungle operations too, we have a standard system for those things,” Lt.General Silva said.

“A social media post has shown that they were offered tea in half-cut plastic bottles and it had been pasted by one in the Kandakadu Quarantine Center. Sometimes, people might be misled due to these social media posts and these would have been done with ulterior motives and such actions are condemned with ridicule. We sympathize with this person who is being detained at this Quarantine Center before he goes home free from any infection just in 12 days.”

“What they should understand is that what the Army doing is a service without jeopardizing the lives of 22 mn of our people. Unless Quarantine is done, it could be a threat to the rest of society. All of you are not at all virus affected patients, nor have you been so far diagnosed to be so,” he said.

“We repeatedly urge you to confide in members of the armed forces as guardians of the country. You must also remember that we are the first to mediate in times of any emergencies or national disasters when it matters landslides, floods or any other emergency. Perhaps, those who were abroad for some time may not be aware of these,” Lt Gen. Silva said.


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