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Covid-19 Second wave is possible: GMOA

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has warned of a Covid-19 second wave, should the two active clusters not be brought under control.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that the two active clusters from the Welisara Navy Camp and the returnees from other countries are reporting the highest number of infections and should be closely monitored with tests to be diligently carried out.

“We suggest that the people that are returning from other countries should be subjected to a rapid test on arrival at the airport.”

“Based on the results are to be either dispatched to the quarantine centres (if not infected) or to the hospital (if tested positive). The PCR testing that is taking place on a daily basis, in hospitals, quarantine centres, and high-risk areas should be audited by the Ministry of Health Secretary and the Director General of Health Services,” said GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge.

Apart from this, Dr. Aluthge also proposed that the airport staff, flight staff, health officials, tri-forces and Police, servicing staff at the quarantine centres and quarantine hotels, and suppliers should be subjected to health screening and testing for Covid-19 routinely.

“Once these people complete their quarantine, they should also be closely monitored until they reach their destination, and that journey should be managed accordingly. The public should also strictly adhere to the guidelines that have been issued and should follow the DREAM concept,” he noted.

Furthermore, the GMOA too expressed their regret on how the key control measures to prevent the virus from spreading were disregarded whilst conducting the funeral procession for the late Minister Arumugam Thondaman, reiterating that laws should be imposed to everyone equally, so that the virus would not have a second chance.