24th October 2021 09:12:14 Hours
General Shavendra Silva, Head of National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army in a statement to the media this morning (22) said that the inter-province travel restrictions that remain in force will be lifted at 4.00 am on 31 October in view of prevailing developments as per directions of HE the President.
01st October 2021 08:52:17 Hours
27th September 2021 09:50:18 Hours
The Home-based Integrated Patient Management System for COVID patients that got jointly underway with the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) and the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) as well as all NOCPCO Task Force members, Medical Specialists, Health Administrators, Civil and Military Medical Officers, Nurses, Paramedics, NOCPCO Officers and Other Ranks and all stakeholders came in for praise of General Shavendra Silva, Head, NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and the Commander of the Army during one more meeting session of the NOCPCO Task Force, held this afternoon (24) at the NOCPCO in Rajagiriya with Medical Specialist, Dr Asela Gunwardena, Director General of Health Services.
31st August 2021 08:51:48 Hours
“Sri Lanka Army soldiers at the forefront of the control, prevention and facilitating treatment against COVID-19 pandemic are like parents who are caring for their own children at a time the country is undergoing a critical period. Today, you extended the same parental care for members of the Maha Sangha by converting this meditation monastery to be an Intermediate Care Centre (ICC) for treatment of those affected monks, the first of its kind in the country,” so commented Kammatanacharya, Ven Ududummbara Kashyapa Thero, Incumbent at International Vipassana Meditation Centre, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7 and Head, Weuda Dodantalawa Dhammagiri Monastery in a religious oration (Anushasana) who turned to General Shavendra Silva,Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid 19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) for assistance to establish this exclusive ICC in record time.
31st August 2021 08:47:04 Hours
The consignment of 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines, gifted to the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka by the People's Liberation Army of China arrived in Sri Lanka this morning (28) along with 2 million more doses for Sri Lankans.
25th August 2021 14:45:07 Hours
The 'Ira Hari Kelin' (Straight Line) talk show, telecast last evening (23) in 'Swarnavahini' TV channel dwelt around the topic, " COVID-19 Transmission, Control and Army Role" with General Shavendra Silva, Head, National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, in which a wide range of concerns, issues and updates were taken up for review and discussion. The interview largely focused on the status quo, HE the President's vision and the Army contribution, ongoing quarantine curfew and its end-results, Army's ongoing national vaccination drive and its future strategies, value of everybody's united approach to overcome this national catastrophe and the public support to achieve national aspirations, etc. Below follows a video clip of the programme;
13th August 2021 08:50:09 Hours
05th July 2021 16:49:46 Hours
Intending to encourage and motivate Army personnel, engaged in the speedily-established ‘walk-in’ Community Vaccination Centres of the Armed Forces for vaccination of Western Province residents above 30 years of age, General Shavendra Silva, Head, NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army this morning (5) took time off his hectic schedule and visited Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana Vaccination Centre, the programme, jointly manned by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU).
02nd July 2021 14:25:40 Hours
A large consignment of vital life-supporting medical devices, equipment and accessories, gifted to Sri Lanka for COVID-19 control work by the laity at US-based Dharma Vijaya Foundation and Buddhist Viharaya was symbolically vested in the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) this morning (1) during a meeting with General Shavendra Silva, Head, NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.
13th June 2021 06:38:40 Hours
"The Army and service personnel for COVID-19 control work have been deployed as frontliners exclusively to assist health professionals on the directives of HE the President since he is well aware of the capacity, full potential and professional capabilities of the military and this all-time prepared assistance should not be misunderstood or misinterpreted as 'interference' in professional health work. As we understand, some procedures and red tape adopted by certain health administrators at ground level need to get up steam as there are so many inordinate delays in transmission of updates, "so commented General Shavendra Silva, Head, NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.