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Recall retired doctors, nurses to combat COVID-19, Sri Lanka opposition SJB tells govt

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka must recall retired doctors and nurses to work as the country’s health service is in danger of being overrun with the raging third wave of COVID-19, the main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) said.

Speaking to reporters this morning, SJB MP Harshana Rajakaruna said the government must look into the possibility of obtaining the services of retired medical staff in the state health sector on a temporary basis.

“The government has to invest money into such things. Instead, they’re spending millions on building gyms and expressways,” he said.

The MP was referring to a Rs 54-billion section of the Ratnapura expressway and a cabinet approved proposal to open 500 outdoors gyms in Sri Lanka at a cost of Rs 625 million.

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Rajakaruna called for postponing gym and expressway construction by a year.

“You need people to lift weight at the gym,” the MP said.

“This is not the time for such things,” he added.

The public will not blame the government for delaying road construction by a year, Rajakaruna said.

“We in the opposition will never say it was the wrong decision,” he said.

The SJB lawmaker urged the government to spend more on COVID-19 vaccines for some 13.2 million Sri Lankans – about 60 percent of the population – who need the jab. Only 1.1 million have been inoculated so far.

Rajakaruna further said the government will be held responsible for Sri Lanka’s daily COVID-19 deaths as they are a result of the government’s delay in acquiring vaccines. (Colombo/May14/2021)

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