The United National Party says the government has not been able to mitigate the COVID-pandemic in Sri Lanka due to mismanagement of health sector resources.
Speaking during a media briefing today, the Chairman of the UNP Wajira Abeywardana questioned the government’s right to have the country open at a time when the health sector is encouraging closure.
Abeywardana said there are 1,060 state sector hospitals with 78,000 beds, 200 private hospitals with 8,000 beds, 22,000 doctors, 45,000 nurses 10,000 midwives, 2,500 Public Health Inspectors, and 150,000 staff allocated to the Ministry of Health.
He added 100,000 individuals have been named as being eligible to administer COVID vaccines.
Abeywardana said the government with the Health Ministry, the Secretary to the Ministry, the Director General of Health Services and 10 Deputy Director General of Health Services have been unable to stringently implement protocols.
He said media must question why the country is not entering a lockdown when experts are issuing advise in this regard.