Our Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The NIFS is working with the Government to address immediate technical solutions for the COVID-19. Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and the community. We also continue to monitor, review and continue to adhere closely to the regular advice issued by the government, health ministry and World Health Organization (WHO).
- As per the official directive from the President’s Secretary, the Government of Sri Lanka has declared a ‘Work from home’ week from 20th to 27th March 2020.
- All face to face meetings, public events, lab visits by outsiders to the NIFS are suspended until further notice.
- The NIFS continually operates using online platforms to conduct mandatory research activities and other business activities.
- There are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at the NIFS as at 27th March 2020.
- The Government extends the Work from Home period from March 30th to April 03rd.
Information for the Staff
All staff need to work from home and complete assigned work as directed by the Director or your Supervisor. Please use Institutional G-Suite, phone, social media to complete assigned tasks.
Any decisions taken by the government regarding our work situation will be passed on to you regularly via email.
Please regularly check your institutional email. If you need further advice or support, please contact your supervisor.
Information for General Public and prospective students
We encourage you to contact and collaborate with us through electronic methods (Video Meetings, Emails or social media). You can find contact details of the NIFS staff or other queries by visiting https://www.nifs.ac.lk/contact or https://www.nifs.ac.lk/contact/staff-contacts.
Prospective students can apply through https://www.nifs.ac.lk/study.
Advice to Collaborators
Please directly contact your collaborators at the NIFS for future arrangements.
If you are a supplier to the NIFS and the current environment requires you to modify your activities, please contact the Administrative Officer for further arrangements.
If you’re feeling unwell and have the following symptoms, you are advised to seek medical advice from the nearest Government Hospital immediately. This applies particularly to:
- A person with Cough, Sore throat, Difficulty in breathing with Fever symptoms,
- If you have returned to Sri Lanka from ANY COUNTRY within the last 14 days
- You had close-contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient during the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms
- You have severe acute pneumonia regardless of travel or contact history as decided by the treating Consultant
For further information, Contact “Suwasariya” through 1999 24 hour trilangual health hotline.
-Health Promotion Beuro, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
- COVID-19 Situation Report by Health Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka
- Resources related to COVID-19 by Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public by World Health Organization
- Elsevier’s free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Link to receive messages from the WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp
- Elimination of coronavirus from Sri Lanka