While saying that incidents were reported from Colombo Municipality area with regard to politicians making influential pressure on officials and thereby sabotage the vaccination drive, the Public Health Inspectors Union (PHIU) warned that they won’t hesitate to take tough action if this kind of influence continues to happen.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, PHIU Head Upul Rohana said they would be joined by other trade unions as well if they had decided to launch such a move.
“We don’t expect such kind of behaviour from politicians who are considered as public representatives,
Although those who press the health officials with their influence are provincial politicians, we never know whether they are doing this with the blessings of the national level politicians. When these kinds of acts take place, it causes a great injustice to the vulnerable groups,” he stressed.
Hence, he urged the Government to intervene in this matter and caution such political figures not to insert pressure on health officials during the vaccination drive.
The PHIU Head reiterated that if politicians continue to act so, they will join hands with other trade unions and take appropriate action. (Sheain Fernandopulle)