Mar 15, Colombo: In preparation to prevent COVID-19 Coronavirus entering the country from ships at ports, Sri Lanka Navy conducted a drill at the Colombo harbor on Friday.
The Navy conducted the drill to rehearse Standard Operational Procedure that could be adopted in the event of transferring a suspected COVID-19 contracted patient from a ship to the relevant hospital ashore and quarantining a particular area on the land.
The drill was carried out by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) of the Sri Lanka Navy in partnership with Suvaseriya Ambulance Service, Firefighting Unit of Colombo harbor, Harbor Health Service and doctors from National Quarantine Unit, the Navy media Unit said.
The performed drill was focused on as how the possible contracted patients are transferred to a relevant hospital safely, patients are rushed for treatment expeditiously and precautionary measures to be taken to stop further spreading.
This proactive measure was initiated by the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva and was witnessed by Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe, senior naval officers, officials from the Ports Authority and a group of naval personnel.