‘A pandemic is also a threat to national security’ – Defence Secretary

‘A pandemic is also a threat to national security’ – Defence Secretary

Written by Zulfick Farzan

11 Aug, 2021 | 4:53 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); If any pandemic, whatever it may be, causes loss of life, it is a threat to national security, said Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd).

He told reporters on Tuesday (10) that the appropriate step in addressing such an issue is to mobilize the security forces to the necessary areas.

‘When 02 million doses of the vaccine reached Sri Lanka, factions in the health sector prepared to go on strike. The President then instructed the security forces to take over the vaccination process and that is how the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, and Air Force came forward with the vaccination drive,’ he said.

He said at times the daily vaccination drive only jabbed 2,500 people, however, after the Sri Lanka Army stepped forward around half a million people were given the vaccine in a single day.

We only deployed experienced and trained personnel from the Medical Corps to undertake the vaccination drive, he added.

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