Russian Ambassador commends engagement of military in COVID-19 control

Yury B. Materiy, Russian Ambassador, meeting Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda.

Russian Ambassador, Yury B. Materiy has appreciated the timely contribution of troops against the spread of pandemic in the country when he called on Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda on Monday.

The Ambassador also discussed the current developments in the world as regards the pandemic and discussed the extent of its spread, infection rate and other matters of relevance.

General Silva, giving an account of the status quo, preventive roles, conduct of quarantine centres, travel restrictions, detection of positive cases, etc., explained to the Ambassador the strategic and specified approach towards the challenge by the President and government.

He also explained the conduct of ICCs and Quarantine Centres as well as the ongoing vaccination projects across the country.

General Silva thanked Russia for its thoughtfulness and concern for the COVID-19 prevention roles, being performed by military personnel and others in the country and extended his best wishes to the people of Russia as cordial exchange of views culminated.

The delegation to the Army Headquarters included Colonel Denis I. Shkoda, outgoing Military, Air and Naval Attaché at the Russian Embassy.

Military Secretary, Major General Ajith Kolambathanthri received the delegation on arrival and ushered them to the Commander’s office at the Army Headquarters.