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PHIs island-wide to withdraw from COVID-19 duties

Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) across the country have decided to withdraw 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, Mr. M.G.U. Rohana has informed this to the Secretary to the Health Ministry, in writing.

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

Accordingly, the executive council of the Union has arrived at this decision while the future course of action would be announced at the meeting of the district representatives tomorrow (18), Mr. Rohana further said.

In the statement, the association expressed its disapproval of the comments made by the Minister of Health that powers will not be vested with PHIs to cause further hardships to the general public.