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COVID-19 situation gone out of control - PHIU

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The COVID-19 situation in most of the areas in the country has gone out of hands due to the negligence and poor sense of responsibility from the part of general public, the Public Health Inspectors' Union claimed.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Union Secretary M. Balasuriya said people have taken the gravity of the COVID-19 situation in the country for granted.

“People living in areas where curfew and isolation status are imposed, have forgotten to follow the basic health guidelines. This is a very pathetic situation and we, as health officials felt very sad to note this,” he stressed.

“We can’t go behind them and ask them to adhere to the guidelines. There is always limits for everything. Nevertheless, it has to be said that we have not yet given up,” he underlined.

He reiterated that people's negligence had led to the present alarming situation in terms of COVID-19 spread in the country.

Therefore, he requested people to cooperate with health officials, so that the situation would bounce back on correct track with the rollout of vaccination. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 32

  • ANTON Thursday, 28 January 2021 07:40 PM


    Critical Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:03 PM

    We can understand your plight and the services rendered by your staff to curb the spreading. The govt. And the people must appreciate your good work and adhere to the guidelines. Otherwise things will go further dangerous.

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:06 PM

    Thank you gentlemen for your observation and confirmation. We the ordinary citizen on the street new this situation about a month ago. The only solution is to vaccinate the population as soon as possible. Please note this vaccine protects against the infection. Your specialist doctors have a different opinion.

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:08 PM

    That is interesting. We have an institution in Australia putting us a number 10 in the control of pandemic.

    Joshua Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:19 PM

    The repeated statements of PHI has fallen deaf ears of the health ministry. They are in a different world

    Lol Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:37 PM


    Adam Speak Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:44 PM

    First of all provide a decent public transportation in the peak hours for poor passengers. There is no rules

    Bernard Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:18 PM

    On the contrary the government with health authorities sorely rely on the vaccine but administering one dose would only reduce severity of the disease and by the time the second dose is administered, the vulnerable group wold be at risk.

    Jehan Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:29 PM

    Don't worry. We have started getting the vaccines.

    ME Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:35 PM

    Why complain... after all the large gatherings (Holliday parties, weddings etc) that is going on non-stop.

    saman Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:42 PM

    OVID-19 situation gone out of control because Government didnt order the COVID vaccine from USA ahead of time due to fear of upsetting China. All other countries including Singapore placed advance orders to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from USA and all the vaccines have been received to vaccinate their entire polulation in those countries

    Manage Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:45 PM

    Basically gotta government has no health policy to tackle this pandermic.And GMOA behaves as puppets of Politicians.Please donot put the blame on the public after you did all mess.

    vithura Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:55 PM

    Recruit more into the military to control it!

    Ram Friday, 29 January 2021 04:27 AM

    This was expected when the head of the Army was heading the COVID Centre. Government was slow to engage the medical profession or receive their advice, guidance or help

    Demuni Uduwara Friday, 29 January 2021 05:23 AM

    Is Taskforce lethargic? or not cooperate with?

    Jesus Friday, 29 January 2021 05:43 AM

    Under this lame president this country is a fail state...

    Manoj Friday, 29 January 2021 05:52 AM

    Government has failed, Primarily!

    Kumaran , Wattala Friday, 29 January 2021 06:33 AM

    Sri Lanka's population is one of educated in Asia. Wonder why they cannot adhere to.the advise of the public health officers. Govt cannot be lenient now, before too late must take severe action to control from further spreading.

    Dee Friday, 29 January 2021 07:21 AM

    Scramble the multi barrels to combat the virus!

    Sympathizer Friday, 29 January 2021 07:51 AM

    Pointing a finger at one category will not resolve the issue because the other fingers are pointing at those categories that matter

    Sokrates Friday, 29 January 2021 08:04 AM

    To blame is the government of the Great Dictator and his military henchmen. They are unable to control this situation. Gota with all his 100 thousands of idling soldiers are not in the position to force lockdowns and force the people to obey the health rules. Gota will go down in the Sri Lankan history at the most useless Leader.

    Ralaharamy Friday, 29 January 2021 08:08 AM

    Have we passed the Point of No Return? Can't we have a coherent approach with set goals, to allocate tasks and responsibilities to each group? Get rid of those giving running commentary on the situation, like an unattached observer.

    SODHA Friday, 29 January 2021 08:38 AM

    People are behaving negligently because, despite the numbers ever increasing, Govt

    Erandi Friday, 29 January 2021 08:56 AM

    Now it’s hard to just say that people don’t behave. Even the health minister is in icu and 6 more ministers infected. They too have not been responsible. Let’s face it. The government has no health policy nor a proper plan to help the vulnerable and needy in such a situation.

    chamila Randeniya Friday, 29 January 2021 09:22 AM

    Your contribution on this regard is highly appreciated. Happy to here that you're still willing to take pain, on be half of all Lankans.

    Citizen Friday, 29 January 2021 09:23 AM


    Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 29 January 2021 10:42 AM

    Let's have a party at a Colombo 5 star hotel and invite 101 people including this PHI Head, who is the one who gives approval for VVIP weddings, parties, events etc and then blames the General Public for the spread of COVID in Colombo, what a ...... !!

    Patriot Friday, 29 January 2021 10:46 AM

    Public should be advised what type of masks to be used, how to use it, when to wash it and when to discard it , This advise from the health authorities will help a lot to control the pandemic.

    REEZ Friday, 29 January 2021 10:47 AM

    The Bus operators are charging more to provide a safe service but now they are overcrowding the bus again. Ultimately commuters suffer from both ends (health and money).

    Era Friday, 29 January 2021 11:05 AM

    Rudderless ship....

    Ranaweera Friday, 29 January 2021 11:07 AM

    Virus is spreading fast thanks to all those partying to death.

    angel Friday, 29 January 2021 10:22 PM

    The rich and the affluent are selfish and break the laws and continue to party (no penalty) while the poor often break the law trying to earn their daily bread! Sad situation.

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