A special discussion, held this morning (25) at National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID- 19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) evaluated the status quo of the epidemic and dwelt extensively on the emergence of new clusters, application of emergency procedures, facilitation of first, second and third contacts to new Quarantine Centres (QCs), management of patients at hospitals and makeshif places, re-evaluation of existing strategies and their repercussions, interconnections bewteen those approaches, etc.
The meeting was graced by Hon State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation, Dr (Ms) Seetha Arambepola, Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Major General Sanjeewa Munasingha, Head of NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Director General of Health Services and Medical Specialist, Dr S. Sridaran and a few more stakeholders.
At the start of the proceedings, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva presented a comprehensive account of current developments and fast increase in affected-numbers while elaborating on fast changing patterns of behaviour of the emergence of clusters and more positive cases.
Management of affected patients in the wake of emergence of more and more positive cases at district levels as well as admission possibilities that should go on hand in hand with quarantining practice of first and second stage contacts. It was pointed out that those strategies should be properly interconnected in order to achieve national objectives at large without causing the epidemic to spread further.
It was also suggested that areas which are of greater relevance and importance be reviewed closely in comparison with new implications in order to get the best results out of such new adoptive methods and strategic applications as relationships with intelligence, service providers, and facilitators at the actual ground level be seen against modern technological accessories available. This should clearly showcase the cooperation that exists between health officials and the Army. Hence, the close evaluation of first and second contacts, self-quarantining process and tracing of such contacts is very much essential in an epidemic of this magnitude, the meeting was told.
Participants highlighted the need of such deliberations as often as possible and application of most suitable strategic approaches as and when emergency requirements arise.