The Government Medical Officers’ Association says there are difficulties in assessing the current COVID-19 situation in the country.
Executive Committee member of the GMOA Dr. Prasad Colombage speaking at a media briefing yesterday attributed the reason, to the drop in testing to identify COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Colombage added those infected with the Delta virus variant could be found throughout the island adding that a stringent study should be carried out on the Delta strain through the conduct of random tests.
Dr. Colombage said the Delta variant is spreading fast in comparison to other variants, adding that the World Health Organisation has also stated that country’s must not rush to lift travel restrictions and reopen countries.
He noted that decisions taken locally and the data such decisions are based on must be revaluated adding that accurate testing information must be available.
Dr. Colombage said all decisions must be based on scientific findings.
Dr. Prasad Colombage urged the public to disregard false information related to the coronavirus, and to ensure they receive vaccinations.
He added statements by political parties and certain research by universities does not determine the standards of vaccine doses.
Dr. Colombage stated the WHO has stated that all vaccines approved are for emergency use, adding that the vaccine doses were approved by the WHO based on their standards and efficacy.