Suwa Seriya staff in vaccine priority list
State Minister of Primary Healthcare, Pandemics, and Covid Prevention Dr. Sudharshini Fernandopulle stated that the 1990 Suwa Seriya emergency ambulance staff, who have undertaken a massive responsibility in curtailing the spread of the Covid pandemic, would be included in the priority list of coronavirus vaccine recipients.
The State Minister made this statement while joining an observation visit to the 1990 Suwa Seriya Foundation Head Office.
While observing the tasks and operations carried out by Suwa Seriya in the wake of the pandemic, the State Minister discussed its shortcomings, future plans, and future performance amidst Covid conditions, with the staff.
In order to control the Covid pandemic, the Suwaseriya service currently operates its 297 fully equipped ambulances and 1,399 staff including drivers, while its call centre receives more than 5,300 telephone calls daily – so far, its operation centre has received 3,424,590 phone calls. The execution of a single task costs Rs. 5,332, and the Suwa Seriya service provides its services free to the public. For the last 10 months, this has cost Rs. 1.5 billion.
State Ministry of Primary Healthcare, Pandemics, and Covid Prevention Secretary Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Suwaseriya Foundation Chairman Duminda Rathnayaka, Chief Executive Officer Sohan de Silva, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Srilal de Silva were present at this occasion.