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* Minister instructs to return Covid-19 treatment center at Colombo Port to Mahapola Institution
Tue, Jul 5, 2022, 10:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 05, Colombo: The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday instructed the port authorities to hand over the building complex of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) at the port, which provided residential quarantine facilities and medical treatment for those infected with Covid-19 during the pandemic, back to the Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy, the training wing of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

The trade union leaders pointed out in a recent discussion with the Minister that maintaining this Covid-19 treatment center is a waste of human resources and buildings as there is no Covid epidemic at present.

Accordingly, the Minister, who visited the Covid Medical Center this morning, said, "Since the Mahapola Training Center is currently facing a serious problem of space, these buildings which can hold lectures and training for around 200 people at one time should be handed over to the Mahapola Training Center as soon as possible."

“Through this, the ability to train more young people in the country for jobs in the maritime sector will be a great strength for the country’s economy," the Minister pointed out.

The Minister further said that the dormitory for the port workers should be maintained in that manner and facilities should be provided in the dormitory for those who came to Colombo from other ports and those from Jaya terminal.

The employees pointed out that only the workers living far away will be accommodated at the dormitory and that 145 port workers will get residential facilities in this hostel.

The Minister who joined an observation tour of the Harbor Medical Center told the medical officer in charge of the station to immediately take all the medical equipment and other materials in the Covid Treatment Center to the main medical center.

The workers pointed out the various deficiencies in the port medical center, and the Minister told the vice president of the port to take necessary steps within a month to computerize the medical records of about six thousand port workers.

K. D. S. Ruwanchandra - Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Aviation, and Gayan Algiwattage, Vice President of the Port Authority, joined this observation tour.


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