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* Sri Lanka health officials issue guidelines to address challenges posed by coronavirus
Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 08:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed satisfaction on the precautions taken and preparedness shown in managing the possible challenges posed from the Coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

The Premier has urged the media and social media to act with responsibility in reporting on related development, the Prime Minister’s Office said today.

Clear guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services to the relevant health authorities islandwide, with respect to all aspects of management of the current situation.

The Prime Minister made this observation at a meeting held today with senior officials from the Presidential Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Health, Education, Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Immigration & Emigration, Postal Service, Fisheries, Disaster Management and other relevant Officials.

He appreciated the support given by the Chinese government to Sri Lankans, particularly the large number of Sri Lankan students studying in China, during the present period of difficulty and in facilitating return travel to Sri Lanka for those wishing to do so.

He also expressed solidarity with the Government of China as it grappled with this medical emergency.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi briefed on the measures the health authorities were taking to screen passengers who might have been vulnerable to contracting the Coronavirus, and on the preparedness of the Sri Lankan health services both in Colombo and in the Provinces in dealing with any suspected cases. It was emphasized that up to now only one confirmed case has been diagnosed and this Chinese national was recovering at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Angoda.


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