GMOA questions how the unvaccinated woman infected with omicron variant entered the country

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that an immediate investigation should be carried out into how the Sri Lankan woman infected with the Omicron variant entered the country even though she had not been vaccinated.

The executive director of GMOA, Dr. Prasad Colombage, says that a complaint will be lodged with the COVID-19 Control Committee.

The official pointed out that according to the series of health guidelines issued by the Director General of Health Services, only fully vaccinated passengers can enter the country. However, it is questionable how the infected woman enter the country from Nigeria.

Representatives of the association say it is important to take concerted action to control the entry and spread of the omicron variant of coronavirus in the country.

According to the information revealed so far about the infected woman and her family members, the Public Health Inspectors Association said she and her family had not yet received any COVID-19 vaccine.

Further investigations have revealed that they were members of a religious group and woman had left for Nigeria recently to attend a conference of the group, said Upul Rohana, president of the Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Union.

The conference in Nigeria was attended by young people from many African countries. The woman also stated that the conference was not organized in accordance with the prescribed health guidelines, president of the PHI union added.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association said it has already submitted a proposal to the government on possible measures to control the new severe coronavirus variants.

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