ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government and pro-government media are unsuccessfully trying to cover up the government’s shortcomings by highlighting the pandemic situation in India, opposition legislator Vijitha Herath said.
Speaking to reporters this morning, the National People’s Power (NPP) MP said although it is true that India has failed to contain the spread of COVID-19, there are many countries that have controlled the virus more successfully than Sri Lanka.
“The best example is Vietnam, but that’s not shown in the media. The government is trying, unsuccessfully, to highlight the Indian situation and claim that we have it better,” the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda secretary said.
It is not strictly correct to compare countries and claim that Sri Lanka has done a better job considering that different countries have different conditions and population numbers, said Herath.
Social behaviour and lifestyle choices also has an impact, he said. For example, in Western societies people tend to eat out more and, as a result, are move about a lot.
“You can’t compare that to the lifestyle of the average Sri Lankan,” the MP added.
Commenting on the shortage of intensive care units (ICUs) in Sri Lanka’s state health sector with the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases, Herath said: “After 73 years of [independent] governance, we have only 700 ICU beds. This should tell us where we are when it comes to health.” (Colombo/Apr28/2021)