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COVID positive inmate from Kandakadu is on the loose after escaping from IDH – Police

CAPTURD – Elsiyam Nazeem a COVID 19 infected inmate from Kandakadu who escaped from the IDH this morning has been found

ECONOMYNEXT – Police are seeking public assistance to hunt down a COVID 19 positive inmate from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation camp who has escaped from the Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo.

The 41-year-old man, Elsiyam Nazeem, is a native of Sinnampillaisimei, Vallimalar in Trincomalee, a notice issued by Police this morning said.

Nazeem is described as having an injury to his left leg and walks with a limp, the notice said.

He has escaped from the hospital in the early hours of today, Friday, July 24.

Nazeem is “heavily addicted to drugs and is a suspect in various crimes,” Police said.

Col Media Vijitha Hettiarachchi who speaks for the Centre for the Prevention of COVID 19 said that Nazeem had been admitted to Kandakadu on May 20 and confirmed as COVID positive on July 7.

He told EconomyNext that medical staff had initially dispatched him from Kandakadu to the Polonnaruwa Hospital and from there he had been sent to IDH earlier in the week.

Some 561 inmates, staff and close associates at the Kandakadu and Senapura rehabilitation camps near Polonnaruwa have contracted the disease.

The camp authorities set up a hospital in the same facility to isolate and treat the inmates as it was believed that they could not be moved to regular hospitals as recovering drug addicts they had to be treated separately.

There was also the fear that they would escape from regular hospitals.

However, one patient, probably Nazeem, was transferred to the IDH earlier this week as he had developed symptoms.

The Public is asked to call 119 or the following numbers to report any sightings of Nazeem.




(Colombo, July 24, 2020) Reported by Arjuna Ranawana


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  1. sacre blieu says:

    He should be tried for mass murder and he very likely knows of the very grave risk he is to the population.

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    He should be tried for mass murder and he very likely knows of the very grave risk he is to the population.

Sri Lanka to have country pavilion at COP28 in bid for Climate Justice Forum

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved the proposal by its Minister of Environment to maintain a country pavilion during the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28), to display “national level initiatives related to climate change”.

Sri Lankan delegates representing the country’s interests at COP28 in November are to present a proposal to establish a forum, with the aim of raising a “common voice” for the aspirations of developing countries in the global dialogue over climate change.

While attending COP28 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from 30 November to 12 December in Dubai, the Sri Lankan delegation is to present the proposal to the official body requesting permission for Sri Lanka to initiate a “Climate Justice Forum”.

The Cabinet decision said that the purpose of the forum is “raise a common voice regarding the aspirations of developing countries, together with countries that are more likely to be at risk due to climate change”. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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“Following their arrest, sex workers frequently experience the infringement of their fundamental rights, including the right to fair treatment, due process and protection from cruel and inhumane treatment,” said a report by the Abhimani Women’s Collective.

Soliciting on the street is currently illegal under section 7 1 (a) of the Vagrants Ordinance which criminalizes ‘any person in and about any public place soliciting any person for the commission of any act or of illicit sexual intercourse or indecency.

This provision along with section 2 of the Brothel’s Ordinance, which criminalizes the aiding and abetting of the management of a brothel, has been used to arrest sex workers in the country.

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“When inquiries are made over our arrest, the police say that we have been charged with drug possession,” Sakuni Mayadunna, a sex worker, said.

“Prostitution is not legal in Sri Lanka, so therefore, sex workers will face problems,” Chief of Police in charge of the Child and Women Abuse Prevention, Renuka Jayasundara, said.

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“The system will address the weaknesses of the current system and provide much-needed support to workers and their families,” Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment said on X (formerly known as Twitter).
He did not specify the details.

Nanayakkara also spoke of the need for robust social security when he met with exporters last week to discuss labor law reforms, boosting female workforce participation and attracting FDI.

Sri Lanka plans to reform labour laws for an export-oriented economy.

The pandemic and the economic crisis highlighted the need to improve the coverage of social security.

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