10th December 2021 10:20:05 Hours
The National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagriya, hitherto remained functional, headed by General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence and Commander of the Army as the central umbrella organization that coordinated all preventive, control, quarantine and all other related pandemic operations on the instructions given by HE the President will cease its functions upon completion of near 1 year and nine months after its inauguration on 16 March 2020.
29th November 2021 09:06:35 Hours
“We have around 700 positive cases at present a day and still 20-30 deaths per day. Compared to the last week, there is an increase in numbers. We have managed to vaccinate 84% of the eligible population through the facilitation of the Health Ministry and the government facilitation. It was what was expected from us by the Nation and we have now started the inoculation of the booster dose,” so said General Shavendra Silva, Head, National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army addressing the routine NOCPCO Task Force meeting, held today (25) at Rajagiriya.
12th November 2021 10:01:29 Hours
General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army presiding a routine session of the Task Force of the NOCPCO with Director General of Health Services, Dr Asela Gunawardene this afternoon (11) presented a lengthy account of the most recent developments as regards the control of COVID-19 epidemic in Sri Lanka.
02nd November 2021 08:31:08 Hours
The national vaccination drive, spearheaded by members of the armed forces as recommended by the Ministry of Health, commenced one more progressive phase on Monday (1) by providing the 3rd dose or the booster dose to frontline health workers including tri-service men, Policemen, health and tourism sector personnel and other selected front liners.
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;