Nov 30, 2020

Sudarshini sworn in as Covid-19 Prevention State Minister

Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle has been sworn in as the State Minister of Primary Health Services, Infectious Diseases and Covid-19 Prevention.

The President’s media Division said the State Minister was sworn in this morning (30) before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The State Ministry for Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID Prevention is a new portfolio and this is the first time a ministry was set up for Covid-19 prevention.

The PMD further notes :

Promoting and maintaining the highest standards of primary health care is one of the main objectives of the ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’ Policy Statement.  President is of the view that the development and expansion of primary health care services is vital to ensure a high level of health care for the people, especially in rural areas.

With the spread of COVID-19 President decided that a policy and a practical mechanism should be put in place to preemptively identify and control the spread of pandemics. The new Ministry was created to meet this goal.