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Pavithra thanks WHO for guidance, advice on COVID-19 control

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi addressing the 73rd Sessions of the World Health Assembly (WHA).  Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe and Health Ministry officials look on.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi addressing the 73rd Sessions of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe and Health Ministry officials look on.

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi thanked the World Health Organization (WHO) for providing guidance and advice to the Government of Sri Lanka to control the global COVID-19 epidemic.

The Minister was addressing the 73rd Sessions of the World Health Assembly (WHA) held recently.

Minister Wanniarachchi stated that Sri Lanka is practicing a multi-sectoral approach to control COVID-19, enabling  to keep the death rate to the minimum of 0.9 percent. The outbreak of COVID has called for an unprecedented coordination and unified response from all relevant health and non-health parties.

Minister Wanniarachchi pointed out that Sri Lanka’s interventions to address Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are continuing. The prevention and early detection programme for NCD is being further strengthened by adding more Healthy Life Centres now amounting to 1005.

"We are currently practising the traffic light colour coding system for selected food items to indicate the sugar and salt level. Patient Safety is one of the priorities in our health care institutions and we celebrated the first Patient Safety Day on 17th September 2019 throughout the island," she said.

"On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, let me appreciate the leadership of Dr. Tedros, Director General of WHO for the excellent guidance provided during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka calls for the WHO to support the COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force for related pharmaceutical and laboratory items.  We are pleased to join with other countries globally in the Solidarity trial which is crucial to strengthening treatment capacity to reduce mortality during this pandemic," she added.


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