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We’ll have to lockdown the country according to the need - Dr Sudarshani

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Steps will have to be taken to even lockdown the country depending on the conditions and necessities in the future, Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle said.

“The decisions to impose isolation status on areas are not taken based on political interest but solely on epidemiological studies,” she told the media today.

“The areas are placed under isolation at the request of medical specialists. At the same time, we can’t also agree on isolation status imposed unnecessarily in some areas,” the State Minister underlined.

She said the Provincial Directors of Health Services had been vested with power to place respective Grama Niladhari Divisions under isolation based on requirement.

“However, the Director-General of Health Services will have to be informed of this regard,” she added.

She reiterated that they would have to lockdown the country if the need arises. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  • ravin Friday, 07 May 2021 06:17 PM

    Enough of this hoodwinking public. It was very clear that some vested interested parties were manipulating health wise precautionary measures. Bring in laws to charge those manipulators for attempted mass murdering under coronatine laws and penal code. Be it anyone.

    RoaringCreek Friday, 07 May 2021 06:20 PM

    These 3 ministers remind me of the nursery rhyme “ Three blind mice”. The difference they run with Nandasena.

    Prince pani Friday, 07 May 2021 06:30 PM

    Well done. yes lock down before it's too late. stand by your convictions. Don't compromise to politicians wrong warped visions. Tell the pani promoters to educate themselves parliament is full of dishonest uneducated persons. So sad

    FF Friday, 07 May 2021 06:33 PM

    UTTER FAILURE. DISASTER GOVT. NO ROOM FOR COVID PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS. WHAT A SHAME

    Bernard Friday, 07 May 2021 06:40 PM

    Agree. The areas are placed under isolation on the request of medical specialists but some areas are released from isolation on the request of political specialists of that area as in the case of Piliyandala.

    Nihal Fernando Friday, 07 May 2021 06:48 PM

    Dr. Mrs. Fernandopulle, thank you for your service to the country. Please get rid of the two Joker's from the health ministry comming on TV. The DG health and the infectious disease " Dr' s". Please get capable people like Dr. Anil Jasinghe and not the spineless, wavering to wind bamboo sticks who seems to care only about safeguarding their jobs at the expense of the health of the population. Please see the work done by Finley institute in Cuba. They have 4 or 5 Covid vaccine candidates in trials. 2 in phase 3. The nature magazine has a good article on them. We need to make the vaccines in Sri Lanka, otherwise we are going to be in the same soup in the future. We need to get a set of young people trained in bio technology. Look how Cuba is doing. May be a model for our country

    lockdown the lochness monster Friday, 07 May 2021 06:50 PM

    aiyo...madam, you say lockdown country, ස says no. you say it again, silva says no. cant you tell these 2 'free wheel drivers' they are not medical doctors, unlike you? you dont interfere in military warfare or presidential big talk, do you??

    BE FAIR Friday, 07 May 2021 06:50 PM

    Well, I think now the need has arisen .................

    Lokka Friday, 07 May 2021 07:01 PM

    4000 patients are without hospital beds and are in their respective homes, probably waiting for their final call without receiving treatment. Hence the need is already there for a complete lockdown. without such action, the pandemic won't just go away. The longer we wait the higher the risk of becoming another India or Brasil!!

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 07 May 2021 07:04 PM

    It has been obvious for some time that if we are to avoid India and Nepals fate and ensure that the health system is not overwhelmed that a lockdown imperative. Instead piecemeal measures in slow motion and prevarication despite clear guidance from health professionals. Why trust the same people who peddled syrup as the solution? Lockdown now.

    Lal Friday, 07 May 2021 07:08 PM

    HERE WE COME. BIG BOSS GOING TO TAKE ACTION. ANEY ANEY APEY RATA KAWDA PALANAYA KARANNEY?

    Lankan Friday, 07 May 2021 08:08 PM

    Locking down the country is the easiest option. But it will bring about the worst economic impact to already reeling economy. Most who wrote comments here I presume might not be even living in SL... Closing the county done even for a week will impact the daily wage earners, shop owners and even self employed. Government employees will anyway get their income even if the county is closed for eternity!!!

    Adam Speak Friday, 07 May 2021 09:35 PM

    Lockdown is not a problem for you

    DDT Friday, 07 May 2021 10:56 PM

    Are you living in the moon? or Are you mentally retarded? the country has already been under locked-down. People are dying without FOOD and Proper income.

    DDT Friday, 07 May 2021 10:59 PM

    Are you saying the MUTTS living Sri Lanka a "medical specialists"?

    G abe Friday, 07 May 2021 11:19 PM

    How did this strain come to sl? Cricketers or tourists? Those whom allowed them to come without proper testing and quarantining should be held responsible, and fined and that money distributed to the poor who are effected, we need a lockdown? Why coz big hotels needed money? Tourism coz some fat cats want foreign money so they can exchange and keel their wealth up? What does sri lanka mean? Our lanka right? The peoples lanka, not the politicians they dont own us or sl

    VJ Friday, 07 May 2021 11:33 PM

    The need is now, please lockdown the country for at least two weeks.

    Lion Saturday, 08 May 2021 07:11 AM

    This will pave the way for you to leave the government led by one who always claim he did the best .

    Selvakumar Saturday, 08 May 2021 07:40 AM

    It's no point for lockdown the country again

    Jeeves Saturday, 08 May 2021 11:44 AM

    Given the current situation; better to focus on LIVES before LIVELIHOOD!

    Labby Saturday, 08 May 2021 11:56 AM

    These politicians keep saying things only with the intention of getting into the news spotlight. That is all, no serious action, and we the general public become the victims of everything.

    sas Saturday, 08 May 2021 11:59 AM

    Empty talk from politician turned doctor. Useless and worthless.

    Jayath Saturday, 08 May 2021 12:17 PM

    Few minutes ago only Dr Chandima Announced The Indian Variant too found here What elsw Dr ? You and simple silvas and pereras know what to do But the swallowen headed politicians do Not . DGHS has Become a rubber stamp Ministers like you are releasing statements one Behind one But the country is eroding slowly towards to an abyss


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