‘No preemptive measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19’

Former UNP Parliamentarian Sandith Samarasinghe said yesterday that the government has not taken preemptive action to provide relief to people or to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the UNP Headquarters, he said there are only 600 beds at Intensive Care Units in Sri Lanka, whereas the country needs another two to three thousand beds to accommodate those infected by the virus. He added that there was an acute shortage of ventilators as well. Samarasinghe stated that the government has no plan to control the disease, which has already spread within the public.

“The country’s economy has collapsed due to the global pandemic and the government has not taken steps to provide relief to the people. Doctors are requesting that random PCR tests be carried out; this alone explains the extent of the spread within the community,” he said. The former MP also said that Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara, the Media Spokesman of the Ministry of Health, has been removed from his post. “Anil Jasinghe was removed from his previous post. Officers are being removed from their positions when they point out something that is wrong,” he added.

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