Oct 24, Colombo: The National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) has apprised the defense advisers and attachés of foreign missions in Sri Lanka on the current situation of the coronavirus in the country.
Colombo-based defense attachés of Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, United States and the United Kingdom met with the Head of the NOCPCO Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, at the Army Headquarters Friday (23) seeking an update on current preventive efforts against COVID-19 and the status quo as regards its transmission and emergence of clusters, etc.
During this meeting, Head, NOCPCO had comprehensively explained on the series of measures and the mechanism that are in place as well as strategic approaches in operation in close coordination with Epidemiologists, Health officials, Tri servicemen and other stakeholders with special focus on emergency preparations in the event of any mass-scale outbreak in future.
The attending diplomats, showing a keen interest towards the most recent upsurge in numbers sought clarifications and details from the Army Chief in terms of spaces in Quarantine Centers, Conduct of PCR tests, Health safety of preventive workers, medical aspects, outbreak of clusters, etc.
Group Captain Sean Unwin, Defense Advisor in High Commission of Australia, Commodore Syed Maksumul Hakim, Defense Advisor in High Commission of Bangladesh, Senior Colonel Wan Dong, Chinese Embassy Defense Attaché, Captain Vikas Sood, Defense Advisor for High Commission of India, Captain Gaku Fukaura, Defense/Security attaché of Japanese Embassy, Colonel Muhammaed Safdar Khan, Pakistan High Commission's Defense Advisor, Colonel Denis I. Shokda, Russian Federation Embassy's Military, Air & Naval Attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Travis Ray Cox, Defense and Army Attaché at the Embassy of the United States and Colonel David Alfred Ashman, Defense Advisor for British High Commission, together with the Assistant Defense and Army attaché of the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka, were among those diplomats who took part in the discussion, the Army Media said.