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Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defense Staff, Addresses Ceylon Chamber Committee on Managing COVID-19 and the Way Forward

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defense Staff, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, and Head of the National Operational Center for Prevention of COVID -19 addressed the monthly committee meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on ‘The Successful Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka and the Way Forward’ recently.

Noting that managing the pandemic wasn’t a singular effort, Lieutenant General Silva elaborated on how the virus was contained in the country, and of the way forward, including the military’s expected contribution in the future.

One of the major factors in managing the pandemic was anticipation and timely decision-making with the assistance of healthcare experts, the military, police, disaster management authorities, key economic figures, intellectuals, researchers, and development agencies. Thereafter, efforts were strategized into three pillars; namely containment, the prevention of further spreading, and minimizing losses of life.

“As a prime contender, the Sri Lanka Military was handling quarantine. The choice of military for the confinement was justified as we continued to build, develop, renovate, and function more than fifty quarantine centres throughout the island,” he said.

Synergised planning, functional and effective grouping which prevented the spread, strategic communication, and innovative readjustment of strategies were key in managing to control the pandemic.