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Sri Lanka still lacks necessary equipment to carry out experiments on Coronavirus and there are certain steps that have to be taken in this regard, United National Party (UNP) said yesterday.

UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a press conference yesterday that Bio safety level 3 (BSL 3) laboratories are needed to experiment the blood and other bodily fluid samples when it comes to Coronavirus to ensure the disease is not spread among the lab experts. “Such facilities are still to be available in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities should see to it that such facilities are available in the country,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.

“At least container labs should be made available as a shorter measure,” he added.

Also he said N95 masks have to be made available especially to medical officers as other kind of masks are not sufficient to prevent one’s self.

Coming up with another suggestion the UNP General Secretary said Chinese expatriates should be subject to medical screening in China itself before they come to Sri Lanka as there are better screening equipment available in that country. “Several other countries such as Australia have begun getting China to screen its people before going abroad,” he said in this regard. Mr. Kariyawasam who is the former Minister of Education said its better for the school principals to stop educational trips temporary till the situation is controlled. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 7

  • Mm Thursday, 30 January 2020 04:49 AM

    Same as you lacked brains to be the minister of education

    Sarath Thursday, 30 January 2020 05:22 AM

    Don’t give this bullshit now. When all our national efforts has always been focused on producing the so called “doctors”, who are now proved to be powerless to solve this virus crisis, how do you expect anyone to have thought about Science, Scientists, and the Labs. Look at the schools ,do we encourage our students to become Scientists or to become “doctors” when you can have doctor title for doing just a bachelor degree and a guaranteed job.

    Max Thursday, 30 January 2020 06:25 AM

    It is funny all these politicians enlight with the wisdom of poor infrastructure of the country after they ousted from their ministerial portfolios.

    Mike Thursday, 30 January 2020 06:59 AM

    What did your government do? Dont be arshole , and stop playing games. Lots of good you "could" have done. Now let the present government handle it the best they can.

    Lawry Thursday, 30 January 2020 07:03 AM

    We need action and not declarations of discoveries about the state of affairs by people not in power.

    Jude Thursday, 30 January 2020 07:08 AM

    Hey Akila, your boss Ranil is the biggest epidemic at the moment!! Find a safeguard to protection from him!!! YEAH!!

    Ajit Perera Thursday, 30 January 2020 02:29 PM

    YES!! and for 5 years what did you and the government of your darling boss do in this regard?!! You undid all the good that was in the education sector and ruined the medical sector as well. It is better that you dont look up and spit!!

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