23rd October 2020 11:00:19 Hours
Colombo-based Defence Advisors/Attaches of Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, United States and the United Kingdom this afternoon (23) called on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at the Army Headquarters with a view to keeping them updated on current preventive efforts against COVID-19 and the status quo as regards its transmission and emergence of clusters, etc.
During this meeting, Head, NOCPCO explained them comprehensively regarding the series of measures and the mechanism that are in place as well as strategic approaches in operation in close coordination with Epidemiologists, Health officials, Tri servicemen and other stakeholders with special focus on emergency preparations in the event of any mass-scale outbreak in future.
The attending diplomats, showing a keen interest towards the most recent upsurge in numbers sought clarifications and details from the Army Chief in terms of spaces in Quarantine Centres, Conduct of PCR tests, Health safety of preventive workers, medical aspects, outbreak of clusters, etc.
Group Captain Sean Unwin, Defence Advisor in High Commission of Australia, Commodore Syed Maksumul Hakim, Defence Advisor in High Commission of Bangladesh, Senior Colonel Wan Dong, Chinese Embassy Defence Attaché, Captain Vikas Sood, Defence Advisor for High Commission of India, Captain Gaku Fukaura, Defence/Security attaché of Japanese Embassy, Colonel Muhammaed Safdar Khan, Pakistan High Commission's Defence Advisor, Colonel Denis I. Shokda, Russian Federation Embassy's Military, Air & Naval Attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Travis Ray Cox, Defence and Army Attaché at the Embassy of the United States and Colonel David Alfred Ashman, Defence Advisor for British High Commission, together with the Assistant Defence and Army attaché of the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka, were among those diplomats who took part in the discussion.