In the middle of rising virus the Sri Lankan health minister has been replaced

17th Aug,2021

In the middle of rising virus the Sri Lankan health minister has been replaced


President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on August 16 replaced the country's health minister in the wake of protests and public criticism over the government's "management" of the country's fourth wave, COVID-19.
Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Vanniyarachi has handed over the ministry of transport to those who have been in the news in support of the "medicine potion" that previously claimed to "cure" COVID-19, while media ministry and cabinet spokeswoman Keheliya Rambukwella is new. According to a statement issued by the Minister of Health, the Presidential Media Department. Last week, health officials reported more than 3,000 cases a day and recorded daily deaths - 161 on August 14 - attributing this to the rapidly spreading delta version. Despite repeated calls by medical professionals for a nationwide shutdown to help the health sector cope, the government has limited mobility to a minimum, mostly during the night. President Rajapaksa urged health officials to expedite the ongoing vaccination campaign. Education Minister GL Peiris and External Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena will change roles. Mr. Peirce returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs six years later. During the second term of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from 2010 to 2015, he was in that position when Sri Lanka was under international scrutiny over war crimes. His appointment comes at a time when Sri Lanka is under pressure from the UN Human Rights Council over its rights record and post-war reconciliation promises, which were also cited by the European Parliament in June, but recommended that Sri Lanka temporarily withdraw GSP +. Lanka has been given the status. In a reshuffle on Monday, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa gave additional responsibility to his nephew Namal Rajapaksa, who is the fifth member of the Rajapaksa dynasty in the cabinet.