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Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle today slammed Health Ministry officials over certain arbitrary decisions taken by them regarding the vaccination drive.

Speaking to the media, she said it was difficult to carry out the vaccination drive when such decisions were taken without prior notice.

“Some decisions were changed and communicated over the phone at midnight. Certain crucial decisions were not properly conveyed. Vaccination drive can’t be done in that manner. 

There should be a particular way of doing when vaccination is given and that’s how the Health Ministry has been doing it. However, we don’t see such a procedure now,” she lamented.

“There are guidelines given by the technical committee. The President has also given certain instructions. However, those guidelines and instructions have been taken for granted when the vaccination drive is being manipulated in the country,” the State Minister added.

While expressing her dismay she said although she has been vested with the responsibility of COVID-19 Disease Control, she was not summoned for certain meetings and even, some vital decisions were not conveyed to her.

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  • ganesh Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:50 PM

    This lady seems to be on power trip.

    Raj Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:54 PM

    If you are the in charge, you should have a vaccination strategy and a comprehensive plan. The execution of the plan delegated to health officials. If anyone not following it should be sacked immediately.

    Over 80 citizen still awaiting Vaccination. Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:56 PM

    Utter CHAOS in managing the Covid Vaccination programme. The Health Ministry Officials who allowed manipulation should be reported to the President,

    Bernard Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:59 PM

    If the government cannot coordinate with the relevant Ministries on vital issues such as this, it would be impossible to achieve the end result, I.e. priority section of the people being left out and administering the second jab also to those who have received the first and increasing the death toll as vulnerable people may not get any vaccination at all.

    Lal Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:04 PM

    WHATS GOING ON. DAY BY DAY HEALTH MINISTERIAL STAFF INCREASED. WHAT A DRAMA. HON. PRESIDENT PLEASE ASK THEM TO STOP UNNECESSARY TALKING. VASU , KEHALIYA , UDAYA AND JOHNSON EACH AND EVERYONE HANDLING ONLY COVID-19. LALA LA

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:10 PM

    Madam, I need to sum this up with a single word "Fail". Who , all people related to health services.

    Srilankan Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:24 PM

    Sir failed.

    Colin Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:04 PM

    Madam when you yourself did not listen to our PM s decision on allowing the burial of Covid 19 related deaths and said the Expert Panel should decide. Now you are at the receiving end

    GTG Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:05 PM

    Knowing people know that this COVID is utterly a FAKE

    tuk tuk Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:46 PM

    This is SRI LANKA. Don't we all know ?

    Ranaweera Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:06 AM

    What is going on now? It looks like that no one is in control. How can that be. How can you expect Gota to take care of every operational decision. Looks like those who have been empowered are being overpowered by some invisible hand that wants to please his friends. You can guess whom I am talking about.

    Saman Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:20 AM

    It's all about slamming or bashing or showing anger. Journalist or also behaving like thugs in their choice of words and reporting. Pathetic state of affairs.

    Sunil Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:14 AM

    The administration of this country is in utter chaos. No one in authority knows what is going on. As one person has summed up above, the only word to describe the government's performance is "FAIL".

    Ralaharamy Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:11 AM

    From the beginning, members of the Technical Committee had their own agenda. Health officials have to serve several masters. This chaos will be the norm between departments and ministries in the future.

    Chandima Thursday, 25 February 2021 06:31 AM

    Do we have a leader in this country? Everybody is doing things on their own way. No one is accountable for their blunders. Why can't the minister or any leader can't take disciplinary actions against the offenders and take remedial actions immediately. Lack of leadership and decision making is the main problem.

    Kumaran, Wattala Thursday, 25 February 2021 07:52 AM

    This drama should be stopped immediately. Hon.Minister if the authorities don't listen to you, replace them immediately and see to the welfare of the citizens. It is surprising that the Hon President with all the powers in his hand could not control this situation. Please act.


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