COVID-19: Ranil urges Govt. to look sharp from Apr. 4 to 11

27 March 2020 01:52 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today came up with several situations which he said government was likely to face from April 4 to 11 as highlighted by some health sector officials.

"They had warned that COVID-19 would peak from April 4 to April 11 and therefore it is important to have a common plan, which the public and private sector stakeholders in the health sector could follow.

I urge the government to have discussions among all stakeholders in the health sector, produce or import of ventilators, masks. It must also ensure that there is sufficient beds in hospitals, initiate a private/public supply chain to supply essential goods and use even ordinary three-wheelers other than taxi service companies and introduce special laws as done by many other countries worldwide," Mr Wickremesinghe said in a statement.

"One must also consider the statement made by the GMOA where it said there may be some 500 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. USA has become a centre of the pandemic which is a shift from Western Europe. The situation in India should also be taken into consideration as it is our neighbor." (Yohan Perera)   

  Comments - 6

  • Lalindra Friday, 27 March 2020 05:41 PM

    This government under President Rajapakse is handling the outbreak of Covid-19 much better than the Yahapalana government handled the Easter Sunday attacks. Ranil should keep the unsolicited advice to himself and work more towards uniting his own party.

    Dr. Shaikh Nasir 2 Friday, 27 March 2020 05:49 PM

    Even if Mr. RANIL was wrong, little would be lost in being prepared for the anticipated catastrophe compared to being unprepared and caught with our pants down when COVID-19 hits us as in Italy, Spain or New York. We dont have even 2500 ICU beds in the wholesale Island.

    Roshan samarathunga Friday, 27 March 2020 05:50 PM

    Yes your safety come first . So look after your self as no leaders left in the country look after SRI Lanka. You should not burden to your family

    Aweej Friday, 27 March 2020 07:44 PM

    Thanks, former PM for your insights; As you say we will have to prepare for a paradigm shift on all areas, i.e. internal and international Supply-chain, work from home models, tourism and air transportation and especially readiness for future Covid19 like threats. Even we still do not know status of Covid 19 control.

    Zulkifli Nazim Saturday, 28 March 2020 12:24 AM

    It will be much better if RW could keep his mouth shut as he has done enough damage. His silence will be indeed a boon to the country.

    Regular Reader Saturday, 28 March 2020 12:16 PM


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