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Not increasing PCR tests and conducting COVID-19 surveillance systems might cause more spreading in society and will result in rapid deterioration of the present situation and could lead to instant boom in COVID-19 infections, Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists Ravi Kumudesh said.

He told the Daily Mirror that per-day PCR testing had come down to 7,000 as a result of the ongoing vaccination programme.
 
"Lowering of the PCR tests was done wilfully, and collecting of samples too had come down. So far there is no apparent reason to believe how the number of COVID-19 patients was minimised in the society. It seems that the process of chasing after COVID-19 patients and looking for their associates were stopped," Mr. Kumudesh said.

"The COVID-19 vaccines were given only for the people in the Western Province Council areas and the Epidemiology Unit claiming that they are running out of the hospital staff to conduct PCR tests as they have been assigned for vaccination programmes," he said.

There is no scientific reasons behind for the lesser number of COVID-19 positive patients, as the vaccination programme conducted only among 800,000 people in the WP Council areas, he said.

"With the ongoing vaccination programme, it will take at least three years to control the virus in the country. For that, the country should go for a herd immunity development process. But we are conducting an individual immunity develop process. That will take a longer period to curb the virus," he said. 

"To develop herd immunity in society, at least 60% of the population should be vaccinated. We have only received 1.3 million vaccines. When compared to the population in the country, at least 13 million people should be have been vaccinated to bring the situation under  control," he said.

He said though the vaccination programme would be a solution, it would not be a longer process at this stage. 

People should be strictly advised to follow the basic health guidelines.  The Health Ministry should increase the number of PCR tests and other COVID-19 surveillance systems including the isolation and quarantine programmes to get this pandemic under control, Mr. Kumudesh added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 8

  • Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 11 March 2021 07:52 PM

    Somebody who knows what they are talking about. Most thoughtful people would say the same, it's just common sense....has the government given up?

    Sandy Thursday, 11 March 2021 08:07 PM

    Instead of scaring people , encourage people to take precautions.

    FF Thursday, 11 March 2021 11:12 PM

    GOVT IS ONLY INTERESTED IN HELPING THEIR FRIENDS TO MAKE MINTS OF MONEY OUT OF COVID 19. THEY WANT TO TAKE THE PEOPLE FOR A RIDE. VACCINES ARE NOT AVAILABLE EVEN IN THE SUBURBS OF COLOMBO LEAVE ALONE THE OUTSTATIONS. CANNOT THE HEALTH DEPT GIVE A MAP OF VACCINE CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY

    BE FAIR Friday, 12 March 2021 05:45 AM

    Fail again

    ANTON Friday, 12 March 2021 08:08 AM

    AT LEAST WE WILL HAVE DEVELOPMENT SITUATION IN COVID - 19 PATIENTS.

    Ranjith Gunetilleke Friday, 12 March 2021 09:36 AM

    Sorry to hear that story as no proper planning for solving this problem as everything has been politicized.

    Jaya Friday, 12 March 2021 12:59 PM

    Independent statement by a Rajitha's henchman.Is he a doctor ?

    brainmaster Friday, 12 March 2021 05:07 PM

    exactly this outburst will happen


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