A new special Presidential Task Force headed by Governor of the Western Province Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunathilake was appointed today to oversee health safety measures at military camps in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus among Navy personnel at their base at  Welisara, Ragama.

The decision to appoint the task force headed by the former Air Force Commander was taken at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat presided over by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and with the participation of retired security chiefs and medical experts.

The newly established Presidential Task Force will be responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring an effective mechanism under the guidance of Secretary Defence and Commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the President’s Media Division (PMD) announced.

At the meeting, the President instructed the panel of experts to immediately prepare a report following visits to all military camps.

He also instructed that the health of security forces personnel be prioritized and in doing so, to obtain the assistance of medical experts as and when necessary, to promote health facilities within camps.

He also emphasized the necessity of identifying any shortcomings, if any in the process of successfully containing the virus so far.

Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundara, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, former Commander of the Air Force, Governor of the Western Province Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunatileke, former Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Admiral (Retired) Jayantha Perera, Director General of the Department of Civil Defence Rear Admiral (Retired) Ananda Peiris, Major General Sunedha Perera, Medical Consultant Bandula Wijesiriwardene, Medial Specialist Vajira Senarathne were also present in the discussion.