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FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 WITH ARMY PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION IN FULL SWING

- Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Beijing · Sri Lanka · Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The Army’s all time pre­pared­ness and handy alert­ness give wit­ness to what this mam­moth or­ga­ni­za­tion is all about and what its ca­pac­ity stands for. The most re­cent case in point was its mech­a­nism that went into quick op­er­a­tion, no sooner than the out­break of the COVID-19 pan­demic was an­nounced. This story starts with the mil­i­tary tak­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity for quar­an­tin­ing all the 33 Sri Lankan stu­dents who were brought down from Wuhan city in China to Sri Lanka on a Pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive.

Since that ar­range­ment on­wards, Army troops in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sis­ter ser­vices and health pro­fes­sion­als have been en­gaged in a re­mark­ably chal­leng­ing task of net­ting, screen­ing, trans­port­ing, hous­ing and quar­an­tin­ing vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als as well as in­fected ones in re­spec­tive quar­an­tine cen­tres and hos­pi­tals. The plain fact is that even the WHO as re­cent as last month ac­knowl­edged that Sri Lanka had tack­led the sit­u­a­tion much bet­ter than other coun­tries, for which the larger share of the credit goes to all mil­i­tary per­son­nel, still con­tin­u­ing with their pre­ven­tive mea­sures.

HE the Pres­i­dent Gotabaya Ra­japaksa wanted the mil­i­tary be in­volved in tack­ling this alarm­ing out­break as the op­er­a­tional ma­chin­ery swung into ac­tion by mo­bi­liz­ing the Tri-forces to counter the spread of the virus af­ter the Chief of the De­fence Staff and Com­man­der of the Army Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Shaven­dra Silva was ap­pointed by HE the Pres­i­dent as the Head of the Na­tional Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre for COVID-19 Out­break and also by nom­i­nat­ing him to be a mem­ber in the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force for the same pur­pose. The risky but this ar­du­ous na­tional task which needs an enor­mous de­gree of proper plan­ning, im­ple­men­ta­tion, un­der­stand­ing, pre­cau­tions , health safety mea­sures and post-sur­veil­lance mon­i­tor­ing is cur­rently in full swing un­der the able guid­ance of the Head of the NOCPCO, am­ply sup­ported by Health au­thor­i­ties and all other stake­hold­ers.

It is be­lieved that ded­i­cated troops, ir­re­spec­tive of the com­plex and chal­leng­ing na­ture of the emer­gence of the sec­ond clus­ter of in­fected per­sons would over­come this chal­lenge too within a short pe­riod with the help of health-con­scious pub­lic in the coun­try since ev­ery­one in the Army is de­ter­mined to ar­rest the fast spread­ing sit­u­a­tion with all pos­si­ble force for the greater ben­e­fit of our so­ci­ety and all Sri Lankans.

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