In the backdrop of the second wave of a COVID-19 pandemic weeping across the country, Rotary is advocating companies to be ‘COVID-19 Control Environment Certified’.
The process is done by Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) and Ministry of Trade, said Rotary Stop the Spread – Sri Lanka and Maldives Project Director Dr. Rohantha Athukorala.
The COVID-19 Control Environment Certification process has been carefully designed by SLSI Director General Dr. Siddhika Senaratne, who is also a John Hopkin University trained specialists.
“As of now almost 250 companies have gone through the certification and the process helps to identify the weak areas in the system that can give entry to the virus as well as reduce the spread in the event there is a lapse,” said SLSI Director General Siddhika G. Senaratne.
Rotary Sri Lanka and Maldives Governor Ajith Weerasinghe commented that with a hands-on experience of being the first company to be COVID-19 Control Environment Certified, it has helped the procedures to be part of a daily routine which has helped the company to be operational even at the height of the pandemic.
“I would strongly recommend this certification process that Rotary was instrumental in bringing the idea to the world to be part of the corporate DNA. The efforts of SLSI to reach over a 250 Companies is commendable,” he added.
The Rotary International Foundation Chairman K.R. Ravindran said: ‘In the absence of a vaccination the best protection for human kind is the mask. Wear it properly and you will be protected.”
He went on to say that the next challenge the world will have will be in the immunisation process. Rotary will support the world just like what it is doing in the Polio Eradication Programme globally.
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 was on track and on par with the best managed countries globally until last week where it is alleged that workers brought in from an overseas country has allegedly broken the quarantine procedures and there by a second wave in Sri Lanka which is at the community spread level two performance.