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Army officers appointed to all districts for Covid control ops

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Twenty-five Senior Army Officers have been appointed to all districts with effect from today considering the urgent need for enhanced island-wide coordination of the task of controlling COVID-19 pandemic, the Army said.
The Presidential Secretariat has made the appointment under the recommendation of Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, who is also the Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID -19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).
Accordingly, the new office of those Chief Coordinating Officers would facilitate smooth conduct of district-wise Quarantine Centres, Transportation of Individuals for Quarantining and Treatment, Supply of Medicine, Equipment, Dry-rations and other Essentials and all other technical requirements as and when deemed necessary.
General Silva awarded letters of appointment for those 25 Chief Coordinating Officers in all districts this morning at the Army Headquarters.
The appointed Chief Coordinators are;
Northern Province
1. Major General W G H A S Bandara - Jaffna
2. Major General K N S Kotuwegoda - Kilinochchi
3. Major General R M P J Rathnayaka - Mullaittivu
4. Major General W L P W Perera - Vavuniya
5. Major General A A I J Bandara - Mannar
North Central Province
6. Major General J C Gamage - Polonnaruwa
7. Major General H L V M Liyanage - Anuradhapura
North Western Province
8. Major General A P I Fernando - Puttalam
9. Brigadier P M R H S K Herath - Kurunegala
Western Province
10. Major General K W R de Abrew - Colombo
11. Major General N R Lamahewage - Gampaha
12. Brigadier K N D Karunapala - Kalutara
Central Province
13. Major General H P N K Jayapathirane - Nuwara Eliya
14. Major General S M S P B Samarakoon - Kandy
15. Major General S U M N Manage - Matale
Sabarammuwa Province
16. Brigadier J M R N K Jayamanna - Ratnapura
17. Brigadier L A J L B Udowita - Kegalle
Eastern Province
18. Major General C D Weerasuriya - Trincomalee
19. Major General T D Weerakoon - Ampara
20. Major General C D Ranasinghe - Batticaloa
Uva Province
21. Brigadier E A P Ediriweera - Badulla
22. Colonel D U N Serasinghe - Monaragala
Southern Province
23. Major General D M H D Bandara - Hambantota
24. Major General W A S S Wanasinghe - Galle
25. Colonel K A U Kodituwakku - Matara

  Comments - 14

  • Ranjan Friday, 01 January 2021 02:16 PM

    The vaccines are not going to stop this pandemic and the doctors are clueless. The Army has to do something to control the virus.

    BigEars Friday, 01 January 2021 02:16 PM

    In a mess and falling further into the mess.

    Hondha Hitha Friday, 01 January 2021 04:11 PM

    Coming colour's not good.Sri Lanka going towards North Korea. Are there no one from Sri Lanka Administrative Service to head these districts.

    Seyed Friday, 01 January 2021 04:32 PM

    We did not vote for Army!

    Sokrates Friday, 01 January 2021 04:37 PM

    If it were specialized army doctors, one could understand this decision, but Silva and all his soldiers have proven to be incapable of fighting the virus. This is just another militarization of the country under the guise of Covis-19.

    lankan Friday, 01 January 2021 05:57 PM

    Please deploy army to Every GS division and Schools.

    famous saying Friday, 01 January 2021 06:23 PM

    those who live by the sword ..........

    Si Friday, 01 January 2021 06:37 PM

    Hat Army officers to do with controlling the virus... what they know about virus.

    Parakrama Siriwardena Saturday, 02 January 2021 04:12 AM

    I think when we read this we must carefully read them to understand the intent of such move. No where it says the Army is technically in charge of treatment. It clearly says 'facilitating". Technical support is if there is a requirement. Our armed forces have a strong medical structure who can support the national medical services. So lets use it. The new decentralized structure is timely because the decease is now found in many areas. The Army and is an organization which is deployed country wide and has a massive capacity to strengthen the logistical muscle, which no other civilian government establishment can match. This decentralization, if effectively implemented can form the foundation for rapid vaccinations, when they arrive in country. There is a lot of preparations which needs to be done in the cities; to identify the high risk groups, storage plans have to be made, dedicated transport has to be earmarked. We can't be searching for whom to vaccinate and vehicles to move.

    David Saturday, 02 January 2021 05:36 AM

    The country is on the verge of a militarism. People don’t have a penny to eat and they don’t have time to think what was happening. This is not fair to give authority to Army when other officials stand behind.

    Lumbini Saturday, 02 January 2021 05:42 AM

    If we take every issue as a 'war' then, we will be in trouble.

    Leel Saturday, 02 January 2021 08:52 AM

    But nothing to control now because it is now completely Out of control.

    Poor Lankan Saturday, 02 January 2021 10:43 AM

    The country is now run by a Military Government and the danger is that democracy will die a violent death. Silva and his commanders will try to eliminate Gotler very soon!!!!

    Era Saturday, 02 January 2021 10:49 AM

    Shavendra is a great warrior and administrator whone we respect. But I feel we need Administrative people from Medical and District secretariat to lead the effect with the participation of the forces.

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