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Sri Lanka’s Brandix says followed health protocols, revisiting processes

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Brandix apparel group said it followed state health protocols but is also reviewing process to face new conditions amid an outbreak of infections at one of its facilities.

“Brandix has a health and safety protocol and as a policy, we have directed all our facilities to follow the Sri Lanka Government protocol in place for the prevention and control of COVID-19,” the group said in a statement.

“We are co-operating with all relevant authorities in their efforts to control the outbreak, while revisiting our processes to ensure that we are better positioned to meet changing conditions.

“We are also thoroughly investigating any lapses in this regard and will share our learnings and take the necessary action in the event of any violation.”

Brandix, which has a facility in Visakhapatnam India, said Sri Lankan employees had travelled back to Sri Lanka on June 25, August 08 and September 22 and none had entered the factory in Minuwangoda.

The last batch was still under quarantine and earlier arrivals had completed 14 day quarantine at another 14 days of home quarantine, the firm said.

“A certificate confirming the completion of the self-quarantine process has been issued to each passenger of these two flights by the Office of Medical Officer of Health for the respective area, which is signed off by the respective Public Health Inspector and the Medical Officer of Health,” the statement said.

“The 48 passengers that travelled to Sri Lanka on 22nd September 2020 are currently undergoing the 14-day self-quarantine process under the supervision of the respective PHIs and will be issued the same certification upon completion of the process.”

“We further confirm that we have not had any visitors or travelers from India enter our Minuwangoda facility during the past two months.”

The Minuwangoda had not undertaken any orders from the India operation and no Indian fabric was used the firm said.

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There had been reports that that the group had brought employees from India had used Indian fabric, and that workers with fever had continued to work.

Brandix said there were media reports that workers who tested positive were not immediately quarantined or hospitalized.

“We would like to clarify that we are working with state officials in this regard and that the situation is being resolved,” the firm said.

“We are taking all necessary measures for their recovery, under the direction of the relevant health authorities.”

“In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees and their families, we are doing our utmost to provide the necessary support in facilitating supplies to quarantine centres and hospitals, in collaboration with the relevant authorities.”

A Brandix facility in Rambukkana has been converted to a quarantine centre with 300 beds under the management of the military.

A centre provided by Brandix in Punani, Batticaloa for quarantine earlier in 2020, is also being used to house workers and other contacts, the firm said. (Colombo/Oct12/2020)