Jun 06, 2021

Chief Epidemiologist to face the same plight as Jasinghe?

The government has decided to replace Chief Epidemiologist - Dr. Sudath Samaraweera with another senior Epidemiologist, reports say.

However, Dr. Samaraweera is to be appointed to another position befitting his seniority.

It is said that this is due to pressure faced by the Health Ministry and Presidential Secretariat from the Sri Lanka Medical Association and a number of health professionals, over recommendations and actions taken by the Epidemiology Unit so far.

Former Director General of Health Services - Dr. Anil Jasinghe, who was one of the leading figures that actively led initiatives to flatten the first COVID-19 wave, was also transferred last year to the position of Environmental Ministry secretary.