The Government Midwives’ Association has requested the government to initiate a COVID-19 prevention vaccination drive, exclusively for expectant women.
Speaking at a media briefing in Kandy yesterday, Chairperson Devika Kodithuwakku requested the government to take steps to vaccinate all expectant women at the earliest.
She said the Delta virus variant is rapidly spreading, with expectant women at risk as they move with several people during vaccinations.
Therefore Kodithuwakku requested that a specific day or several hours be allocated for expectant women to be vaccinated or to plan a mobile vaccination camp to visit them at their homes.
She called on all expectant women to ensure they get vaccinated.
Kodithuwakku said all health workers are under pressure, due to large volumes of people testing positive for COVID-19 daily.
The Chairperson stated officers in the health sector are also falling victim to COVID-19 and are at great risk.
She added the government must announce a decision promptly, adding that a curfew or lockdown will not support the cause in controlling the spread of the virus.
She claimed no individual should be allowed to step out of their homes during this period adding the Police should observe this programme and ensure it is effectively implemented.