17th September 2021 07:17:29 Hours
The Army-launched COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination fleet in Minuwangoda this morning (16) added a historic significance to their efforts for the first time when Army Medical teams were invited to jab the Sinopharm vaccine to the centenarian, Mrs Y.A Seelawathi of 102 years of age, resident in Kalawana, Minuwangoda.
The mobilization of the Army's first Western Province-based Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination fleet that prioritizes the vaccination of the elderly, sick, handicapped and feeble sections in society, a combined effort of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC) and troops of the Security Force HQ-West has come in for praise since the project benefits the weaker sections and senior citizens of our society.
The project saw its birth on a conceptual plan, suggested by General Shavendra Silva, Head, National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, to be in line with the Presidential vision for speedy inoculation of the masses above 60 years at first and the rest afterwards.
The centenarian in Minwangoda has had her first dose from the MOH office two months ago but her aging has prompted her family relatives to ring the Army Mobile Vaccination fleet for assistance to inoculate the 2nd dose.
The deployment of the Mobile Vaccination vehicles plus an ambulance on standby with each fleet was further expanded into distant regions too, visiting doorsteps of applicants after those who need this mobile service register themselves with the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) through Hotline Nos 1906 or 0112860002.