The opposition says specialists and experts are continuously distancing themselves from vaccination technical committees and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts due to political meddling.
Commenting on the resignation of another member from the Technical Committee on COVID-19 Prevention, Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said the country’s vaccination program is not being implemented based on the advice of experts.
He said a number of specialists were either transferred or compelled to step down from posts and committees set-up to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis due to the actions of the government.
He said Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama and Dr. Asoka Gunaratne have joined the long list of specialists including Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara, Dr. Palitha Abeykoon, Dr. Paba Palihawadana and Dr. Lak Kumar Fernando who have been forced out of COVID-19 prevention efforts of the government.
MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said despite claims by Ministers, certain factions of the government are not allowing health experts to take decisions that are needed to end the COVID-19 crisis.