AMS urges Govt not to lift travel curbs on 31 Oct
The Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) urged the Government to revoke its decision of opening the country on 31 October 2021 and continue to maintain inter-provincial restrictions to curb further spread of COVID-19.
AMS President and Secretary, Dr. Lakkumar Fernando and Dr. R. Gnanasekeram, respectively, said the irresponsible behaviour of certain sections of the public have the potential of creating a new cluster of the coronavirus, therefore lifting travel restrictions would only jeopardies the achievements made by all parties battling against the viral infection.
The trade unionists said, “As a responsible union that has been instrumental in the suppression of COVID-19 in our country, we strongly support the continued maintenance of inter-provincial restrictions imposed by the Government.” They urged the people to set aside all political, religious and other differences and act responsibly at this stage.
The present irresponsible behaviour on their part is an invitation for a fourth wave of the coronavirus. Relaxing inter-provincial travel restrictions at this time would support for further irresponsibility, they lamented. It would only contribute towards the beginning of the end of all achievements the frontline and security forces have made in this battle against the deadly virus, the AMS Ex-Co members observed.
“We must work together to put an end to this pandemic,” the duo noted adding that it was after a long and horrendous battle against the viral infection that the public is starting to feel the increasing ability to move and socialise a bit more freely. Thanking President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and professionals and social organisations involved in the suppression of the infection, the duo said the lack of awareness and irresponsible behaviour is likely to increase the spread of the disease once more.