The health sector says the next few weeks could be decisive, when considering the people’s behaviour from the first week of December to date.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau today, Chief Epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health Dr. Samitha Ginige urged the public to adhere to health guidelines even at the dawn of the New Year.
Dr. Ginige said the people’s actions during the festive season were heightened adding however the public must be mindful to avoid a catastrophic situation.
When questioned by the media over reports of functions of the COVID gene sequencing laboratory at Sri Jayewardenepura University being halted, the Chief Epidemiologist claimed all such reports were false.
He said the Health Ministry intervened and established similar facilities at the Medical Research Institute and in Galle and Kandy as the laboratory at Sri Jayewardenepura University couldn’t handle the load.
Dr. Ginige said they have commenced a process to send samples to be tested of all individuals who test positive for the coronavirus after returning from abroad.
Furthermore, when questioned by media of the status of four gene sequencing machines received by the country, Dr. Ginige said they have been assigned to the relevant locations and are in operation