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FLSP press release on corona outbreak

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කොරෝනා නිසා ඇති වීී තිබෙන තත්වය පිළිබඳව ‌පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂය පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය හමුව

කොරෝනා වසංගතය ‌හේතුවෙන් ඇති වීී තිබෙන තත්වය පිළිබඳව ‌පෙරටුගාමී සමාජවාදී පක්ෂය පැවැත්වූ මාධ්‍ය හමුව

Gepostet von Front Line Socialist Party am Montag, 23. März 2020

The FLSP released its stand on corona outbreak of Sri Lanka today(24th March 2019).The summery of the Press release as follws;

The 1st Sri Lankan Corona Patient was reported on 10th March 2020 where the initial steps which had been taken by the government contributed to spread the virus all over the country. Until 19th March no considerable effort had been made to control the virus as the government was planning to hold the general election instead of preparing the country to face the epidamic. According to the information several corona patients entered in to the country from the Airport while exposing several others to the virus during the first two weeks.

Initially the government was reluctant to declare holidays to government institutions until the closing date of the nominations disregarding the advice of the health officials that there was a imminent threat of spreading the virus.On three occasions statements were made that the airport was shutdown  displaying the inability of the government.The quarantine process was also not up to the standard as there was no proper isolation facilities endangering the people who are not corona positive.One major reason for rejecting to quarantine  inside government locations by the people was the said risky environment. The health workers make their full effort to fight against the virus even under very low facilities and equipment. Still no proper steps have been taken to supply even basic equipment such as masks and safety jackets for them.

The statements made by the President and the members of Presidential task force gave wrong impression that they will handle this crisis as they carried out war. FLSP emphasis that this cannot be compared with a war situation and this will pave the way to oppress the rights of the people in the guise of curbing the corona outbreak.There is no debate that the involvement of the security forces is vital in these situations whereas that does not mean the victims could be treated as terrorists.The best example had been given  by Cuba by bestowing utmost love and affection to entire world instead of military commands.

The facilities of government hospitals are absolutely insufficient as only 500 beds and ventilators are available in emergency treatment units. Private Hospitals should not be allowed to gain profits out of this crisis and FLSP insist to make directions to private hospitals to treat corona patients free or in the alternative acquire those hospitals to government.The progressive movements have been fighting to protect public heath sector during last three decades and their fight is once again justified by the health workers in Sri Lanka where some developed countries are still unable to handle the situation due to lack of public health policies.

AS the livelihood of majority working class has been collapsed FLSP calls upon the authorities to make it a priority in their agenda to introduce an ‘Economic Package’ that would be adequate to meet the basic needs of those vulnerable sections of society during this period of social distancing. The debt crisis has already crippled the lower economic segments of the society. FLSP suggest the Government place a moratorium on debt repayment in all forms to all persons while the crisis lasts.

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