Eight counsellors on leave recalled

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Steps have already been taken to bring back eight counsellors attached to the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre – East in Kandakadu who were on leave, after a fellow counsellor tested positive for Covid-19 at the Marawila Hospital today.

Fifty six persons out of 450 inmates and staff members at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre – East in Kandakadu tested positive for COVID-19 today.

Head of the coronavirus prevention operations,Army Commander Shavendra Silva said it was improbable that the virus will be spread in the community through these 56 persons.

“The number of Covid-19 patients reported from the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre can increase once the results of the PCR tests are out,” the Army Commander.

He further said the health authorities were yet to identify how these 56 persons contracted the virus.

Soon after the counsellor was diagnosed positive, her parents, family members and her associates have now been referred to PCR tests and are awaiting results of those reports.

Since there remains a possible risk in increase in the numbers of positive cases in the Centre, instructions have been given by both the President and the Prime Minister to adopt all necessary measures to avert the virus from transmitting to society from there.

This Rehabilitation Centre, managed by Ministry of Justice rehabilitates drug addicts and functions solely as a treatment and rehabilitation venue. Health Ministry investigations are underway in order to ascertain whether the transmission had occurred after recent arrival of a few drug addicts to this Centre for rehabilitation having been cleared of the virus after PCR tests on them or otherwise,” the Army Chief added.(Sheain Fernandopulle)


  Comments - 6

  • BigEars Thursday, 09 July 2020 08:10 PM

    On what ground this guy say that there will be no community spread. What about the eight counsellors who are not confined to the centre. This guy is playing politics. Shame.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 09 July 2020 08:18 PM

    The virus will follow the order of the Great Dictator not to spread before the election is over.

    Bandu Friday, 10 July 2020 09:06 AM

    Should not the Authorities accept procedure to send any employee from a quarantine center, on home leave, without test and instructions to test every 3 days when on leave, is wrong.

    Andrew Silva Friday, 10 July 2020 09:10 AM

    We would prefer the advise of a qualified Doctor not the command of a General. If Gotha and his Aiya gets 2/3 people will only hear barking commands.

    Noname Friday, 10 July 2020 09:36 AM

    How/why did the counselor with COVID symptoms use public transport??? Did we take all the fancy measures like checking temperature at railway stations, limiting people getting on buses/trains, installing disinfecting chambers, spraying disinfected all over the environment etc. etc. while allowing people who are sneezing/coughing to get on trains/busses?

    Sanath Friday, 10 July 2020 10:19 AM

    Shame on you Shavendra to step into the shoes of a medical professional. You have no skill, expertise or authority to say it will not spread to the wider community. That is plain political gimmicks.

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