The United National Party has urged the government to take drastic and prompt measures to change the current coronavirus trend in the country.
The UNP said new measures are needed to protect the lives of Sri Lankans and safeguard the health system.
Speaking during a media briefing at the party headquarters Sirikotha today, the Chairman of the UNP, Vajira Abeywardena said the recent spike in coronavirus cases has overwhelmed several main hospitals.
He said Colombo National Hospital, Kandy National Hospital, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and the Jaffna Teaching Hospital are facing the effects of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and noted that if the current trend continues, main hospitals will collapse altogether.
Former Minister Abeywardena noted if the main hospitals are unable to deal with the influx of patients, it will result in citizens seeking assistance from district hospitals and MOH offices.
He said such a situation will result in the entire health system collapsing since the limited number of doctors, nurses and other health workers are already under duress.
The UNP Chairman said by understanding the severity of the situation, doctors, nurses, public health inspectors and other health sector workers have called for a broad 14-day lockdown.
He said the President and the government should also listen to the experts and take decisions promptly.
The UNP Chairman said the delay by one day to reach adequate decisions will result in several hundreds of valuable lives of Sri Lankans being lost.
Chairman Vajira Abeywardena said former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also met with the President yesterday to raise his concerns regarding the current situation.
He noted that recently the UNP unveiled a 21-point policy framework which includes measures needed to protect the lives of Sri Lankans, safeguard the health system and also consolidate the economy.
He said therefore the President should take the inputs of political parties and the experts to arrive at sensible decisions.
UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena said no faction should politicise the coronavirus pandemic and urged all parties to unite to end the current crisis.