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Public Health Inspectors across the island are to suspend their services related to the control of the Covid-19 pandemic from Saturday (April 4) unless their needs are met by the government. 
Issuing a statement, the Public Health Inspectors’ Union President M.G.U. Rohana said that with the present need for pandemic control, Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) across Sri Lanka have been engaged in their duties, sans any request for benefits. 

However, the Union alleged that basic needs pertaining to their services have not been met by the state thus far, despite these officers carrying out their duties with minimal facilities for nearly a month. The Union said officers would be forced to suspend their services unless the government meets four specific demands, including basic personnel protection for PHIs, transportation requirements for field work and other basic requirements including the provision of food. 
Meanwhile the union also stated that the lack of legal provisions to protect officers engaged in their duties pertaining to disease control, subjects officers to risk. 

The statement also pointed out that PHIs were engaged in their duties exposing not only themselves but their families to the risk of contracting the deadly disease. It is regrettable that the government has failed to facilitate the basic safety and wellbeing of PHIs, the statement added. (Kalani Kumarasinghe)


  Comments - 17

  • BE FAIR Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:07 PM

    We appreciate your commitment and duty. PPEs are essential, agreed on that. Provision for Food/Transportation, well that is crossing the line. Seems you were not doing your duties before.

    Sesath Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:09 PM

    Are these people mad? Always thinking about their own benefits. Concentrate on the job on hand stupid people rather than making selfish demands. If you don't want to do the job, give it to the unemployed.

    Labby Thursday, 02 April 2020 02:20 PM

    Now the government's immediate response would be to say that this was orchestrated by the UNP. Anyway, its a shame on the PHIs to bring out demands at a time like this.

    A Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:06 PM

    Trying to make most out of the situation

    anura nanayakkara Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:16 PM

    Why people have no patience in these difficult situations ,to do their duties to the nation. We all have to sacrifice our comfort zones and help the govt . As soon as possible your grievances will be addressed .

    Shiran fernando Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:27 PM

    Basic requirements should b met. Hope this is not the start of fishing in troubled water.

    NEVILLE Thursday, 02 April 2020 04:26 PM


    Dam Thursday, 02 April 2020 04:39 PM

    I think these are very reasonable demands considering the tasks they carry out

    Nishami Thursday, 02 April 2020 07:32 PM

    YES, I do too. These are not rich people seeking to line their pockets. They are low rung officers in the CMC. Please give them their benefits. Food and Transport are essential too as they are on the job all day. We see the street cleaners walking for miles a day. I met a nurse who walks from Bambalapitiya to Kalubowila Hospital everyday. Govt needs to look after these people.

    Shihan Thursday, 02 April 2020 04:45 PM

    Please address their issues

    Rajkumar Thursday, 02 April 2020 05:09 PM

    Very reasonable request by the PHI, surprised that this is not already in place: 1. PPE- Must no further comments 2. Food - Understandable given there are no restaurants open, it is necessary for workers to be provided with food. 3. Transportation - Given no public transport at the moment it should be provided as well.

    roland.boniface Thursday, 02 April 2020 06:23 PM

    Another drama seems to be brewing.

    Ali Thursday, 02 April 2020 08:01 PM

    Just blame the muslims for this too

    Ronnie Buggger Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:06 PM

    Very fishy. apparently the GMOA rats are using these PHI's as pawns to 'test the water' as the saying goes before they put in their own demands. They are well known for this type of thing.

    L de Silva Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:14 PM

    Naturally, taking your argument, these are the "weapons" they are asking for? Surely, that is not too much to ask, considering that they too are putting their lives on the line here! Without knowing their side of the story, how selfish and ignorant of people to deride their needs. The First Responders and these guys are playing a crucial role in this county's fight. Let's appreciate them for that, for a change!.

    DillonDP Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:38 PM

    I think their demands are reasonable, really appreciate your service thus far

    Lucky Wije Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:47 PM

    Quickly train up and deploy the Army to do these tasks.

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