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Task Force appointed to look into health issues in military camps

ECONOMYNEXT – With mounting issues at military camps where hundreds of personnel have been infected by the COVID 19 virus President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to appoint a special task force to identify measures that need to be taken to ensure health security at military camps.

The President appointed a special Presidential Task Force headed by the Governor of the Western Province Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunatileke for this purpose.

The newly established Presidential Task Force is responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring an effective mechanism under the guidance of Secretary Defence and Commanders of Tri-Forces, a media statement said.

“It is equally important to protect the people as well as security forces personnel. Special attention should be paid to groups who act closely with the infected. Those who are infected should be directed to hospitals while people they had association with should be sent for quarantine. The prime objective is to prevent the community transmission of the virus”, President Rajapaksa said.

The President instructed the panel of experts to immediately prepare a report following visits to all military camps. Priority should be given to the health security of the security officers who are engaged in quarantine activities.

The President emphasized the necessity of identifying any shortcomings if any in the process of successfully containing the virus so far. (Colombo, April 27, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana