The Public Health Inspectors’ Union of Sri Lanka says the country’s health system may collapse due to the current crisis.
Chairman of the PHI Union Upul Rohana said the possibility of an outbreak of contagious diseases remains a possibility.
He also noted that vehicles of PHI are unable to find the required fuel to travel for duty related matters.
The Chairman says the health sector is suffering amidst an economic and political crisis currently experienced in Sri Lanka.
He said Public Health Officials are inconvenienced due to persistent power cuts that have posed a challenge in preserving medicines at cold temperatures.
Upul Rohana commented that Sri Lanka has fallen in rankings among certain health indicators.
In addition to a possible outbreak in contagious diseases, he commented that a decrease in maternal or child mortality rates, malnutrition, and decrease in the overall immune system of individuals was also possible.
He also requested authorities to provide the minimum facilities and equipment necessary for the PHI to carry out their duties.
Upul Rohana requested public representatives to preserve the current funds and assets in country and use them wisely.
He warned authorities of the detrimental situation that would arise if they do not intervene.