Home delivery of essential commodities begins

In order to prevent uncontrolled gathering of the public at market places amidst efforts to combat the coronavirus, a special mechanism has been established to deliver essential food items to homes.

This is being implemented through a local system in collaboration with Cooperative Societies and super market chains, head of the Presidential Task on Continuous Supply, Operation and Coordination of Services that are essential to maintain the day to day life in the battle against COVID- 19, Basil Rajapaksa said.

The entire process will be in line with the coronavirus control initiatives carried out by the health sector.

“It is imperative to maintain the day to day life of the public. Steps have been taken to distribute food items while protecting domestic farmers and the national economy,” Basil Rajapaksa said during a meeting held today (25) at the Presidential Secretariat with all District Secretaries, Heads of banks and State and private entities tasked with the supply of essential food items.

He said that there was no shortage of rice, coconut, vegetables, eggs and chicken. He pointed out the possibility of distributing these items through a combined effort between Cooperative outlets and super markets after purchasing from domestic farmers. These items can be packed according to the needs.

A decision was taken to deliver medicines to the homes of regular patients who have registered at hospitals with the support of Divisional Secretaries, Public Health Officers and the security forces.

It was also discussed to implement a system to distribute medicines thorough few locally selected pharmacies to patients who purchase medicines from private pharmacies.

Rajapaksa requested the authorities to implement a programme to supply domestic gas at consumer’s doorstep responding to telephone orders.

The objective of the entire project is to prevent the public from gathering at market places so that the health sector’s efforts to combat the coronavirus could be a success. (Colombo Gazette)


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