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13th January 2021 10:01:48 Hours

District Coordinators for COVID-19 Control Work Commence Their Work

The newly-appointed 25 District Coordinating Officers for coordination of all COVID-19 control work at district levels have now begun their roles and commenced relevant consultations, discussions and implementation of preventive mechanisms in respective District Secretariats, together with District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries, District Medical Officers of Health, respective Urban Council, Pradeshiya Sabha and administrative officials, Grama Seva officials and other relevant stakeholders.

On Tuesday (5) Major General Sampath Kotuwegoda, District Coordinating Officer for Kilinochchi and Commander Security Forces Kilinochchi had such a coordinating conference with the District Secretary Mrs R. Ketheeswaran and all stakeholders responsible for preventive work in order to receive an update on the status quo as regards its transmission. The conference discussed all matters pertaining to critical areas in depth, inclusive of local isolation, quarantine curfew and lockdown policy, conduct of random PCR/ rapid antigen testing procedures, supply of medicine and equipment, supply of dry rations and other essentials and actions proposed against violators of quarantine regulations, etc.

Meanwhile, Polonnaruwa District Coordinating Committee for Prevention of COVID-19 assembled at the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat on 04 January, presided by the Governor of the North Central Province, Mr. Maheepala Herath. District Secretary for Polonnaruwa Mr. W A Dharmasiri, District Coordinating Officer Polonnaruwa and the Commander Security Force (East) Major General Chinthaka Gamage, Commander FMA (East) Brigadier Athula Ariyarathna, Regional Director Health Srevices Plonnaruwa, Deputy Director Polonnaruwa Hospital, Divisional Secretaries of Polonnaruwa district, Senior Superintendent of Police Polonnaruwa Division, Chairmen of Pradesheeya Sabhas and several officials attended the conference as stakeholders to discuss matters pertaining to prevention of Covid -19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, District coordinating conference for prevention of COVID - 19 pandemic was held at District Secretariat office, Trincomalee on 04 January 2021. After being appointed as the District Coordinating Officer Trincomalee, the General Officer Commanding - 22 Division Major General Channa Weerasooriya had a lengthy discussion with the District Secretary, Trincomalee Mr. Saman Dharshana Padikorala and other stakeholders regarding the sudden increase of Covid - 19 positive cases in Trincomalee district. Measures taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic, how it really affects the community, conducting awareness programs, progress of conducting random PCR/Antigen tests and the need of implementing a proper mechanism to curtail the spread of the virus in coordination with police, government and health authorities were discussed during the conference.

GA - Trincomalee, DIG - Trincomalee, Commander 221 Brigade, Commander 223 Brigade, SSP - Trincomalee, SSP - Kanthale, Deputy Director BOI - Trincomalee, Regional Director of Industries - Trincomalee, Regional Epidemiologist - Trincomalee, COL GS - 22 Division and SIO - 22 Division attended the conference.

Similarly, Major General Senarath Bandara, Chief Coordinating Officer for COVID-19 Control work and Commander, Security Forces-Jaffna on Thursday (7) presided a coordinating conference with all stakeholders at the Jaffna District Secretariat office where the status quo, ongoing preventive work, isolation process, quarantining procedures, treatment of patients, social distancing and health issues and health practices, etc were taken up for review, assessment and implementation of necessary procedures, etc.

District Secretary for Jaffna, Deputy Inspector General of Police Jaffna, Regional Director of Health Services, Assistant District Secretary, Divisional Secretaries, General Officers Commanding

51, 52 and 55 Infantry Divisions, Senior Tri Force Officers, Public Health Inspectors and state officials attended the conference.

Meanwhile, the District Coordinating Officer for Matale, Major General Nishantha Manage, General Officer Commanding - 53 Division had a lengthy discussion with the District Secretary, Matale Mr. S.M.P.K Perera and other stakeholders regarding the increase of Covid - 19 positive cases in Matale district and measures that should be taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic, conduct of awareness programmes, progress of conduct of random PCR/Antigen tests and the need of implementation of a proper mechanism to curtail the spread of the virus in coordination with the Police, Government and health authorities on 5 January 2021.

Additional District Secretary for Matale Mr. I.D.P Wijethilake, Regional Director of Health Srevices for Matale, Dr Chaminda Weerakoon, Dr Wasantha, Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nayomi Senarathne, Superintendant of Police Matale and several state officials attended the conference with other stakeholders to discuss matters pertaining to prevention of the pandemic.

Similarly, Major General Priyantha Perera, Commander Security Forces-Wanni who is also the Coordinator of Prevention of Covid - 19 in Vavuniya district presided the first meeting at the Security Force HQ-Wanni, together with the District Secretary Mr S.M Saman Bandulasena, Deputy Inspector General Mr Tissa Lal De Silva and state officials on Wednesday (06).

During the meeting, participants exchanged their views on COVID-19 spread in the District and viable mechanisms for eradication of the epidemic. Brigadier General Staff Brigadier, Brigadier Nalin Koswatta at the SFHQ-Wanni coordinated the event.

On Tuesday (12) Major General Priyantha Perera, Commander Security Forces- Wanni as the Overall Coordinator for Prevention of COVID - 19 in Vauniya district held another meeting at the District Secretariat Office Vauniya with Regional Director of Health Services, State Officials, Wholesale traders and Members of the Parliament in Vauniya District and other stakeholders.

The meeting evaluated the status quo and explored possibilities of arresting the transmission of the epidemic further in the district.

Meanwhile, the District Coordinating Officer for Anuradhapura, Major General Vikum Liyanage, General Officer Commanding, 21 Division had a lengthy discussion with the Governor for North Central Province Mr. Maheepala Herath and other stakeholders on possibilities for prevention of COVID - 19 pandemic in Auradapura district at the Provincial Council office on Wednesday (6).

District Secretary for Anuradhapura Mr. R.M Wanninayake, Additional District Secretary, Anuradhapura Mr: R. Nawarathne, Regional Director of Health Srevices for Anuradhapura, Medical Officer of Health, Superintendant of Police Anuradhapura and several state officials attended the conference with other stakeholders.