Railway Department mulls quarantine centres in Anuradhapura, Puttalam

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

The Railway Department is considering setting up two quarantine centres in Anuradhapura and Puttalam railway stations, in addition to the three existing quarantine centres set up at Colombo Fort and Narahenpita railway stations, for its employees who are identified as associates of the Covid-19-infected to undergo quarantine.

Following a recent strike launched by the Railway Station Masters alleging that the Department has failed to take necessary action regarding the issue of Department employees having been infected with Covid-19, Railway General Manager Dammika Jayasundara said that the Department has planned to set up three quarantine centres in the Colombo District for its employees.

Accordingly, when contacted by The Morning yesterday (29), Jayasundara stated that nearly 20 employees are currently undergoing quarantine in one of the two quarantine centres set up at the Colombo Fort Railway Station. In addition, he said that two more centres are planned to be set up in the Anuradhapura and Puttalam railway stations in the next few days.

“In addition to the existing quarantine centres in Colombo Fort and Narahenpita, I have given permission to set up two more centres at the Anuradhapura and Puttalam railway stations. We hope to establish these facilities as much as possible in each area as it is difficult for those working in remote areas to come to Colombo,” he said.

According to the latest reports, more than 500 employees of the Railway Department have been infected with the Covid-19, and the three quarantine centres in Colombo, according to Jayasundara, have a capacity of about 100 beds.