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UNOPS hands over  100 Oxygen Concentrators out of 2100 funded by World Bank

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Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, World Bank Country Manager Chiyo Kanda, World Bank Senior Health Specialist Dr. Deepika Attygalle, Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe, Project Director Dr. Jayasundara Bandara and Country Manager UNOPS Sri Lanka and Maldives, Sudhir Muralidharan at the ceremony to hand over 100 Oxygen Concentrators

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), an operational arm of the world body, last week handed over 100 Oxygen Concentrators worth US$110,000 as the initial consignment out of a total of 2100 oxygen concentrators to be provided to the Ministry of Health.

A press release issued by the UNOPS said: UNOPS Sri Lanka has been procuring emergency medical equipment for the Ministry of Health in accordance with the requirements outlined by the Ministry to combat COVID-19. Recent procurement has contributed towards oxygen therapy to combat the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 in the country. The COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Project (ERHSP) procurement is funded by the World Bank.

The Ministry of Health organized a ceremony with the World Bank and UNOPS to receive the 100 Oxygen Concentrators worth US$110,000 on June 4. This is the initial consignment out of a total of 2100 oxygen concentrators to be provided to the Ministry of Health.

The event was presided over by the Minister of Health, Pavithra Wanniarachchi in the presence of World Bank Country Manager Chiyo Kanda, World Bank Senior Health Specialist Dr. Deepika Attygalle, Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe, Project Director (Primary Health Care System Strengthening Project) Dr. Jayasundara Bandara and Country Manager UNOPS Sri Lanka and Maldives, Sudhir Muralidharan.



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Shocking 17,500 video clips of Lankan children being sexually abused

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By Norman Palihawadane

There were over 17,500 video clips of Sri Lankan children being sexually abused, on the Internet and action had been taken to arrest those responsible, Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said yesterday. The Sri Lanka Police had sought the assistance of international law enforcement agencies and the Internet service providers to track down the persons involved in uploading those video clips and child sex trafficking via internet, the SDIG said.

Crimes against children in Sri Lanka were rising at an alarming speed, the SDIG said.

The police would conduct a special awareness programme together with the National Child Protection Authority to curb the alarming trend, he said.

The first programme was held recently in Nuwara Eliya where it especially focused apprising police officers attached to that Division.

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Private buses to insist that inter-provincial commuters carry proof of vaccination?

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

A limited number of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and National Transport Commission (NTC) buses and trains would maintain limited inter- provincial operation from 01 August, State Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugma said.

The State Minister said that certified documents issued by the respective depot superintendents and the letters of approval by the NTC were mandatory, he added.

“The buses and trains will be permitted to operate only in the morning and in the evening for office workers,” Amunugma said.

The State Minister added that passengers should behave responsibly when using the inter-provincial transport services and understand that those services were only for commuters engaged in essential services.

“The Delta variant is spreading rapidly. If one infected passenger travels in a bus, all other commuters will contract it” he warned.

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has decided to make proof of vaccination compulsory for inter provincial travel from 01 August

LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said they had written to the President and Transport Minister asking for permission to enforce it.

Wijeratne said that all bus operators in the Western Province should ensure they were inoculated by August 15.

 

 

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TNA Leader complains against appointing Sinhala officers to Tamil areas

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By Dinasena Ratugamage

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan had written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, objecting to the appointment of Sinhala government officers to the Northern Province, former TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah told journalists on Wednesday (28.)

The President and the Prime Minister are appointing officials violating democratic principles, Senathirajah said after a meeting of party activists at Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Office, Kilinochchi.

“A lot of Sinhalese are appointed to the North and the East. They must appoint Tamils. These appointments undermine our struggle for a just language policy,” he said.

Senathirajah said that it was customary to appoint Tamil officers to Tamil majority areas. However, this tradition was being violated increasingly in recent times, the former MP said.

“The TNA has nothing against Sinhala government officers. However, appointing Sinhala state officers to majority Tamil areas is a great injustice to the people. So, our leader has written to the President and the Prime Minister asking them to stop this practice,” he said.

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