Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Ebola screening facilities at international airport ready
Sun, Aug 10, 2014, 01:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 10, Colombo: The screening facilities set up at Sri Lanka's Colombo international airport at Katunayake to screen incoming passengers to prevent bringing the deadly Ebola virus to the island are now fully operational, health official said.

According to the Director General of Health Services, Dr. P.G. Mahipala, the screening facilities set up by the Health Ministry last week at the country's main airport will monitor the visitors to the country to observe whether they are showing symptoms of Ebola.

"A strong surveillance system to monitor and screen all tourists arriving at the airport has now been established," the official told the state's official newspaper Sunday Observer.

He said that special counters have been set up to screen people 24 hours a day.

Any person showing symptoms of the disease will be immediately isolated and sent to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda where his condition will be carefully monitored, the official said.

Dr. Mahipala has assured that health officials are fully prepared to meet any emergency situation,.

"Our doctors and nursing staff have been trained and know what to do if an emergency arises. The Epidemiology Unit will be in overall charge of these operations," the official was quoted as saying.

The report further said that at the emergency meeting convened last week on the instructions of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, it has been decided to improve facilities at the Negombo Base Hospital immediately to accommodate patients carrying the virus

Sri Lanka's Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said measures are being taken to bring back around 200 migrant workers currently employed in Liberia due to the fast spreading Ebola epidemic in the West African region.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka, India navies discuss maritime security at the 27th IMBL meeting aboard Indian naval ship
-- [2 hours ago]
A 'Bulb for a Bulb'-EFL returns with annual green campaign
-- [2 hours ago]
Jaffna Police mistook the students for a motorcycle gang and fired - Law and Order Minister
-- [3 hours ago]
Ceiling on prices of 48 pharmaceutical drugs come into force from today
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President orders independent Inquiry into the Jaffna University students' deaths
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka President to visit Iran later this year
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy ships leave for training visit to India
-- [6 hours ago]
Two global yacht and marina construction companies show interest in marine tourism in Sri Lanka
Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee discuss Electoral Reforms, devolution, Executive
Tamil Diaspora organization welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's urgent call for Sri Lanka to set up minority rights mechanism

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.