Navy geared to fight COVID-19 entering the country from ports

Navy geared to fight COVID-19 entering the country from ports

March 15, 2020   09:21 am

Sri Lanka Navy conducted a drill at the harbor 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 conducted in collaboration with the Suwaseriya Ambulance Service, Firefighting Unit of Colombo harbor, Harbour Health Service and the doctors from the National Quarantine Unit, stated Sri Lanka Navy.

The drill was carried out by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) of the Sri Lanka Navy in a backdrop where the outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

The performed drill was focused on 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 naval personnel.

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