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Some PHIs withdraw from COVID-19 duties


Many Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) yesterday (17) have decided to withdraw from duties related to prevention of COVID-19 pandemic due to unfavourable working conditions. CMC Public Health Department Chief Medical Officer Dr. R.L.De S. Wijayamuni said a large number of  PHI officers have withdrawn, but eight retired PHI officers have been reemployed to carry out the COVID -19 work until the matter is sorted.

“Around 45 officers have withdrawn from duties, and the reason for withdrawal is unknown to me, as a backup I have eight PHI officers who will be covering the work of the 45 officers. This is insufficient for the current Covid-19 crisis,” Dr. Wijayamuni said.

According to sources, the PHI officers who have withdrawn had cited unconducive conditions to work in, and a decision will be made soon to rectify the situation.



PHIs to step away from COVID-19 duties-Time: 13:56

Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka said that, Public Health Inspectors (PHI) across the country have decided to step away from duties related to prevention of COVID-19 with effect from 12.30 pm today (17).

The Chairman of Union of the Public Health Inspectors, M.G.U. Rohana has informed this to the Secretary to the Health Ministry, in a statement.

The PHIs have stressed that they are unable to carry on with their duties without legal protection.

The executive council of the Union has taken this trade union action, The Chairman of PHI Rohana further said , that the matter will be reviewed and future course of action will be announced meeting of the district representatives tomorrow.

The future course of action would be announced at the meeting of the district representatives tomorrow (18), Mr. Rohana further said.

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