The opposition has raised concerns as to whether the Director General of Health Services recommended the commencement of inter-provincial transport services from today amidst the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo this morning, Parliamentarian SM Marikkar said the government’s decision at a time when the health sector had issued warnings was problematic.
MP Marikkar said they are unaware of any recommendations made by the Health Services Director General to the subject Minister or the government adding they would like to refer to the recommendations.
The Parliamentarian said the number of COVID fatalities have surpassed 4,500 adding daily coronavirus cases have also risen to 2,000.
MP Marikkar said the World Health Organisation, Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka have raised concerns over the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country.
The Parliamentarian said the opposition vehemently opposes the government’s steps to achieve narrow objectives by endangering the people.
He said it should be revealed in Parliament tomorrow as to whose decision it was to permit inter-provincial transport service to resume.
MP Marikkar commended the government’s vaccination drive adding the opposition will support all steps of the government in purchasing COVID vaccines approved by the WHO.
MP Marikkar said the government has a responsibility to reveal who reached the decision which will escalate the risk of coronavirus spreading.