GMOA releases report on ‘Facing OMICRON and Future new variants of COVID-19’

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has prepared a technical report on how Sri Lanka should face Omicron and future new variants of COVID-19 virus.

The Omicron COVID-19 variant, first identified in South Africa in November 2021, is currently being reported in 110 countries and has been named by the World Health Organization as a Variant of Concern that needs to be watched.

Patients with the Omicron variant have been identified in Sri Lanka as well now. Just as same as the Delta variant became the most spread variant in the latter half of last year, the Omicron variant will become the predominant variant in the future.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) recently set up a 12-member expert committee to study and prepare a report on how Sri Lanka should face the Omicron Covid variant or new variants that may emerge in the future.

The panel consisted of clinical specialists, community health specialists, epidemiologists, virologists, histopathologists, and medical officers.

The report “Facing Omicron and the Future New Variants of SARS – CoV-2 virus” prepared by the expert committee is to be presented to the President, the Minister of Health and the Health authorities and the report has been released to the media.

The report covers five (5) key areas to focus on when facing the Omicron or future Covid virus strains. The report and recommendations are designed to be put into practice in Sri Lanka taking into account the latest scientific data, WHO recommendations, CDC and FDA data from the US, the measures taken to combat the Omicron variant in other countries including European countries, Singapore, Israel, Australia.

Courtesy: Colombo Page

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