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* Defense Secretary hopeful of combatting a second coronavirus wave
Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 08:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 11, Colombo: Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, commending the dedication of security forces, Police and health sector officials in controlling Coronavirus outbreak, expressed hope that there would not be a second wave of the pandemic in the country.

“Thanks for the untiring commitment of our Security Forces, Police and health officials, not a single coronavirus infected patient has been reported from the community during past 40 days,” the Defense Secretary noted.

Addressing the media during his visit to Defense Headquarters at Battaramulla on Wednesday (10), the Defense Secretary said under the leadership of Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, an effective mechanism to control the virus was used, and the soldiers together with Police and health officials, will continue to apply the same mechanism in the future.

“Therefore, I hope there would not be a second wave of the pandemic,” Major General Gunaratne said.

He said even if there would be a threat of a second wave, military, the Police and healthcare workers would effectively face the situation.

Defense Secretary made an official visit to Army Headquarters at Battaramulla to examine an array of medical products invented by the Sri Lanka Army. The new innovations made by the Research and Development Branch (RDB) of the Army and the Directorate of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (DEME) on directives of the Commander of the Army Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva are meant to control the spread of COVID-19.

Those 29 medically-innovated equipment, classified under three categories, Ultraviolet C (Project), Medical Project (Ventilators) and Disinfection Equipment (Project) had been tested by the Certificate of Energy & Environmental Services, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Medical Research Institute and the Department of Bacteriology in the Ministry of Health, UK's Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency and the Society for Health Research and Innovation, Sri Lanka before they were recommended for use.

Having observed the equipment, invented under supervision of Director General RDB Brig. Prasad Akuranthilake and the Director DEME Brig. Indu Samarakoon, Defense Secretary symbolically handed over them to Chief Signal Officer Major General Adeepa Thilakaratne, Director Supply and Transport Brig. Hirosha Wanigasekera and Director Army Medical Services Brig. K. P. N Pathirana.

Major General Gunaratne interacted with the inventors and appreciated their initiative on taking interest in promoting innovations timely required.


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