Calls for public servants to ‘return to work’ : Manusha slams Govt

By Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021

By Nabiya Vaffoor

SJB MP Manusha Nanayakkara, pointing out the Government has now begun to play a ‘live-or-die’ game, said mandating all workers to return to work could endanger expectant mothers because vaccinations for pregnant mothers have yet to be completed.

He said the Circular prohibiting pregnant women from coming to work would be repealed because all public servants are required to work, while the COVID-19 Delta variant is dangerously spreading.

“When 132 people die in two days, all State employees are re-called to work. The Circular prohibiting pregnant women from reporting to work is repealed while vaccinations for pregnant mothers have not yet been completed demonstrating that the Government was playing a life-or-death game,” he added.

Nanayakkara maintained that the Government must take the blame for the 4,300 deaths so far caused by COVID-19. 

“The Government is responsible for these deaths because it delayed the vaccination programme by following indigenous medicines such as the ‘Dhammika Paniya’ and myths such as releasing clay pots ‘Mutti’ into the river. According to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, 60% of COVID-19 deaths were patients who were not vaccinated. But who squandered time by believing in myths and promoting indigenous syrups?” Nanyakkara queried.

He also said the Government ordered vaccinations only after other countries had completed 60% of their vaccination programme.

“We thank the health and security sectors for administering the vaccine. We are grateful that they have begun to consider alternatives to putting pots in the river or promoting syrups,” he added.

Nananyakkara expressed these views yesterday (1) at a Media briefing.

By Nabiya Vaffoor | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021

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