The health service is in crisis today due to the fishing-in-troubled-waters policy of those in power, alleged SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne.
They are the ones who should be making commitments for the country at a time when its bankrupt economy was contracting further, he said at a media briefing.
Artificial medicines shortages are being created to make emergency purchases in order to engage in corrupt acts, the MP said.
At the same time, substandard medicines are endangering patients’ lives, he noted.
Quoting from a UNICEF report for one year period from May 2022, Wickramaratne said 3.9 million Sri Lankans are faced with food insecurity.
All of them should be given relief, not just those two million chosen for the so-called ‘Aswesuma’ programme, he said.
Further, 1.1 schoolchildren need assistance, so do pregnant women, as poverty has increased to 25 per cent, the SJB policymaker said further.