Health officials to advise when Parliament resumes

2020-07-06 at 18:19

The Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe says a group of health officials representing the Ministry of Health will visit Parliament to advise on measures that should be taken in compliance with COVID-19 related guidelines when Parliament sits post the General Election.

Dr. Jasinghe today met with Parliamentary Secretariat headed by the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake and the Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff Neil Iddawela at the Ministry of Health.

The meeting was held in order to discuss measures to be taken to ensure health safety.

Speaking at the occasion, Dhammika Dasanayake, said it is essential that all Members of Parliament be present in the well of the House on the first day after the General Election as per the Standing Orders of Parliament to elect the new Speaker and to administer oaths and affirmation.

Subsequently MPs will be able to decide the manner in which future meetings will be held. Furthermore, the Secretary General said it is imperative to obtain proper advice from health authorities, as MPs and Parliament staff are required to take measures pertaining to the health safety following the first Parliamentary meeting.

He further stated that all activities are being carried out within Parliament premises in accordance with health measures including social distancing, washing hands and checking temperature as well as conducting meetings online including staff awareness programs.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe, said although COVID-19 has been well controlled in Sri Lanka the risk of the virus spreading in the country has not reduced as a result of the arrival of people from overseas, and stated, it is imperative that health guidelines are adhered to.