ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka police are investigating an alleged theft of 30 vials of the Sinopharm vaccine in Habaraduwa, police said.
The vials were stolen from the office of the local Medical Officer of Health (MOH), police spokesman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said.
A driver and primary caregiver at the MOH are under suspicion for the theft, he said.
The stolen vials are valued at around 90,000 rupees.
Habaraduwa police and a team under the Galle Superintend of Police are investigating, said Rohana.
According to the complaint filed by the MOH at the Habaraduwa police, the theft had begun on June 02.
Deputy Director of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said the Ministry of Health will carry out its own investigation.
“The provincial director of health will be investigating the incident from the side of the ministry. The director general of Health Services will advise all other provincial directors to be vigilant for not letting a similar incident take place in the future,” Herath told reporters.
Sri Lanka has received 3.1 million doses of the Chinese manufactured Sinopharm vaccine so far.
So far 1,390,126 people around the country have received the first dose of the vaccine while 339,932 have received the second jab by June 16, official data shows. (Colombo/ June 17/2021)