Colombo brings 1,100 persons from South to military-operated Quarantine Centres in North

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 16:29 GMT]
Civil authorities in the North were not informed in advance about SL authorities in Colombo starting to bring a large number of people, around 1100 persons, to military-operated Quarantine Centres in the Northern Province. Northern Provincial Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) Dr A Ketheeswaran said he was yet to receive details when contacted by TamilNet on Wednesday. However, he was told by SL Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva that the office of the RDHS, as well as the Government Agents of the districts in the province, would receive the details. The SL military has started to quarantine ninety-nine persons in Palaali, informed sources said. Earlier, there were reports of cross infections due to “dormitory” type of isolation centres operated by the Palaali-based military at KKS.

SLA Commander Shavendra Silva and Defence Kamal Gunaratne recently visited Jaffna on the instructions from SL President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to streamline the isolation and quarantine centres, informed sources said.

The SL military commanders responsible for the isolation and quarantine centres under the Palaali military base were reportedly relieved of their responsibility following reports of cross infections, the sources further said.

Those relieved of their isolation and quarantine responsibilities were blaming their superiors for failing to provide the tourist resort ‘Thalsevena’ (Palmyra Shade) for isolation and quarantine purposes. As a result, they were only able to use houses with limited resources to house the people.

However, informed health workers in Jaffna blamed the SL military for applying different approaches in quarantining the native residents of the North and those from the South.

Cross infections were reported among the twenty Tamils from Jaffna who were isolated at KKS after their initial contact with an infected person, a pastor, who had come from Switzerland last month. Sixteen of them have tested positive so far and the remaining four, exposed to the same conditions, were still in KKS, the sources said.

Apart from KKS, the SL Army is running QCs at Mirusuvil and Ketpeli in Thenmaraadchi in the district of Jaffna. SL Air Force is operating a QC at Ira'nai-madu in Ki'linochchi district while SL Navy is running the QC at Muzhangkaavil. There are SL military-operated QCs at Keappaa-pulavu in Mullaiththeevu and Pa'ndaarik-ku'lam in Vavuniyaa.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
27.09.20 12:05   Photo
Tamils unify to mark Thileepan Remembrance, brave Colombo's suppression of memorialisation
26.09.20 09:10   Photo
Commemorating sacrifices of Tamil struggle is an inalienable right, not a subject for ‘SL permission’
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39797