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Pavithra tells 73rd WHO Regional Committee Session

Govt. successful in containing COVID-19 outbreak

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi addressing the 73rd WHO Regional Committee for the South East Asian Region- Inaugural Intervention while Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana and Health Ministry officials look on.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi addressing the 73rd WHO Regional Committee for the South East Asian Region- Inaugural Intervention while Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana and Health Ministry off

In Sri Lanka, decisions on the COVID-19 response were taken adopting a whole of Government approach as a matter of National Security and a National Task Force was set up. The country went into an extended period of lock down with an island wide curfew being imposed and inter-district travel being curtailed over an extended period of nearly two months, where all public activities except for very essential services came to a standstill. The high-level government commitment for prompt action at a very early stage in the pandemic continues up to now, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

Addressing the 73rd WHO Regional Committee for the South East Asian Region- Inaugural Sessionshe said that With the Security Forces joining hands with frontline public health teams and public acceptance of this way of work at the time of restrictions, I would say we were successful, as we were able to keep the clusters to a manageable number and prevent community transmission outside the clusters.

Minister Wanniarachchi thanked the World Health Organisation (WHO) for highlighting in the summary on our country performance, the achievements for reduction in child mortality, preventing mother to child transmission of HIV, elimination of measles, maintaining the elimination status of Malaria, lymphatic filariasis and our intervention on NCD by the introduction of the traffic light system into food and beverages among others. The essential health service package launched last year will further strengthen our efforts in Universal Health Coverage.

“I take this opportunity to request the support of the Regional Director, for regional technical support in creating a better understanding through Regional discussion on how our economies can open up through making international travel safer,” she said.

 


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