While highlighting that the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the emergence of the new Covid variant JN.1, Health Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana urged the public to adhere to the health practices established during the previous Covid season.
He also stated that no cases have been reported from the sample tests conducted in the country.
These remarks were made by the Minister during a media conference at the Presidential Media Center yesterday (02) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country."
"Amidst discussions on the new JN.1 Covid strain reported from India, the Ministry of Health reassures the public that, as currently reported by the World Health Organization, there is no undue cause for concern. Continuous monitoring is being carried out, and with the support of the Medical Research Institute, extensive sample tests have been initiated. To date, no patients with the new Covid variant have been identified,” the Minister argued.
Nevertheless, he advised the public to adhere to the health practices followed during the last pandemic season.
Meanwhile, Minister Pathirana announced that preparations have been finalized for a vaccination programme aimed at controlling the resurgence of the measles disease across the country.
“The programme is scheduled to commence next week and will be administered through the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Offices nationwide,” he added.