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Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera was confronted during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau yesterday over the spike in COVID-19 infections in the country.

Journalist: Why are the age categories of the infected not available to the public Dr. Sudath?

Dr. Sudath: We have to update it time to time. We have given it. We are dealing with a pandemic and we are working on. We are using these data for the control of the disease.

Journalist: It has not been controlled. The third wave has come and we are having 1,400 infections. We have failed.. We have failed.. I have another question. Was the Epidemiology Unit told that there could be a new variant on April 08 and what did they do about it? Give us some solid answers Dr. Sudath.

Dr. Sudath: Someone may speak emotionally. There are educated people in this forum.

Journalist: This is an emotional forum because people are dying Dr. Sudath. We are the ones who are taking the message to the public.

Dr. Sudath: Then, that emotion won’t serve any purpose. We have been taking all necessary preventive measures to control the spread of the UK variant in the country.

 

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  • BE FAIR Friday, 30 April 2021 11:15 AM

    So when did the UK Variant detected, why wasn't it communicated.......????

    Dimuth De Silva Friday, 30 April 2021 11:24 AM

    Fools, Dr Sudath and other are continuously doing their job. Media is the one moved out of the Covid Mentality during the past period. They turn their attention to other matters( more worthy monitory wise)

    Conde Vidane Friday, 30 April 2021 11:25 AM

    Everytime the virus escalates the "know alls" predicts worse scenario. But the great health team bring it under control. Well done Lanka

    Lumbini Friday, 30 April 2021 11:25 AM

    "...We have been taking all necessary preventive measures to control the spread of the UK variant in the country..." Don't talk rubbish, Mr.

    jayath nandana Friday, 30 April 2021 11:32 AM

    Dear doctor sorry to say this .you are failed in this pandamic control it is the shark truth . most of the people like you dont like to face the truth .you are NOT suitable for that chair please reqlinquis - plese leave for god sake without killing innocent civilians ( my neibhour says you are a real puppet of the goverment but I dont know doctor much on that )

    Terrence Friday, 30 April 2021 11:36 AM

    Those who are stressed up emotionally can they empathize with the Chief Epidemiologist in giving him some space amidst this 3rd Wave

    Nish Friday, 30 April 2021 02:58 PM

    This guy neither can speak proper English nor Sinhala. Good that SL at least has some journalists capable of asking some valid and direct questions.

    sas Friday, 30 April 2021 03:07 PM

    I followed the interview on the You tube. Dr.Sudath simply ran way from the questions. His answers were not professional. Why ? Because all the time he was trying to please his political masters. Now everything is in a mess.

    Journo Holman Friday, 30 April 2021 03:10 PM

    Other countries with better resources have faced worse scenarios. Sri Lanka health has done an excellent job. Keep up the good work. .

    dickie bird Friday, 30 April 2021 07:56 PM

    Its regrettable, people have failed themselves. There is nothing can the Doctors can do if the people are not going to be responsible knowing verywell there is a pandemic around.


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