As of Sunday (4), more than 60% of the total workforce have been vaccinated and staff of all the institutions under the Board of Investment (BOI) in the Eastern Province are fully vaccinated while around 85% in the North are vaccinated, BOI noted yesterday (5).
“The first dose will be given to the staff of all factories under the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka in the next two weeks and the second dose will be given before the end of next month”, BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala, while inaugurating the Covid-19 Intermediate Care Centre at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone said.
The health guidelines have changed according to the new Covid variants and that all the factories will continue to be involved in the manufacturing process as per the new guidelines issued yesterday, he further went on to say.
Joining the event, Isin Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. General Manager and President of the Free Trade Zone Manufacturers Association Jatinder Biala mentioned that Sri Lankan industrialists pay more attention to employee safety and welfare in the manufacturing process. He said that under the current global pandemic, all countries are facing a number of major challenges, but all must work together to overcome this crisis.
Free Trade Zone Manufacturers Association Secretary Dhammika Fernando said that despite the situation, industrialists, while bearing a heavy cost to manage the pandemic, consider it a national responsibility to maintain the job security of employees while ensuring that export performance is also maintained.
Crystal Martin CEO Mark Mueller, BOI Deputy Director General Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Jagath Gunawardena, BOI Executive Director (Zones) M.K.D. Lawrence, and Dr. Nirmala Yoganathan of the Negombo General Hospital, were also present at the occasion.
The care centre, which is housed in a building offered by Crystal Martin Ceylon, is supported by a number of other sponsors. The 500-bed facility is fully equipped with the latest technical appliances and facilities required by health services. The Free Trade Zone Manufacturers Association has provided Rs. 10 million for this project and the Gampaha National Youth Services Council has donated 100 beds.