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President appoints Experts Committee for Covid-19 and Dengue Control

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed an Experts Committee in line with the Cabinet Decision of May 22, 2023 to provide guidance and to ensure timely decision-making for the control of the spread of Covid-19 and Dengue in the country.

Health State Minister Dr.Seetha Arambepola has been appointed as the Experts Committee Chairperson.

The following experts and officials in the relevant fields have been appointed as members of the Experts Committee:Health State Minister Dr. Seetha Arambepola (Chairperson) and Health Ministry Secretary Janaka Sri Chandraguptha, M. Kodippiliarachchi - Additional Secretary (Local Government and Provincial Councils), Dr. Asela Gunawardena - Director General of Health Services, Dr. S.M.Arnold - Deputy Director General (Public Health Services - I), Dr. Samitha Ginige - Director, Epidemiology Unit, Dr.Nalin Ariyarathne - Director, National Dengue Control Unit, Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama - Senior Consultant Physician, Dr. Lakkumar Fernando – Pediatrician, Prof. Neelika Malavige - Professor, Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine and Dr. Upul Dissanayake - Consultant Physician as members of this committee.

In addition, Senior Assistant Secretary to the President Buddhika S. Gamage, has been appointed as the Convener of the committee.

To facilitate the work of the Experts Committee, nine Provincial Sub-committees have been established. These sub-committees will be chaired by the Chief Secretary of the relevant Province and will include representatives from various key sectors such as education, fisheries, health, local government, and the Tri Forces. The involvement of these sub-committees aims to enhance collaboration and co-ordination at the provincial level in the fight against Covid-19 and Dengue.

Dr. Arambepola and the newly appointed committee members are expected to contribute their expertise and knowledge to develop effective strategies and policies to control the spread of these diseases and safeguard public health in the country.

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