The government should take responsibility for every human life lost…
Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, Member of Parliament.
As the National People’s Power, we extend our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters, to the relatives of all the citizens of this country who died of Covid. Many of these deaths were preventable. Many of these people died due to the negligence, delays, and wrong decisions of the government. The government should take responsibility for these deaths. But we do not expect that from them. This government cannot be expected to show such empathy. We at the ‘National People’s Power’ acknowledge that these are valuable lives that are being lost, and we regret that we were unable to save them.
The people of the country are in great fear at the moment. They fear losing their loved ones. Also, due to the nature of the disease, we are unable to take care of each other as we usually would. Ordinarily, when someone in our community gets sick, we take care of them. Even our traditional ceremonies cannot be performed in this situation. We are unable to do even that to help us cope with our grief. Many people in our society are beset by grief, anxiety, misery, and uncertainty. At such a moment, we have to ask where the government of our country is. People elect a government to take the lead in such a catastrophe with the hope that it will solve our problems. But right now, what we see is the silence of the government and the evasion of responsibility. Government ministers handed over the lives of the people of the country to God. The government has shied away from the responsibility. If the people of the country are abandoned to God, what use is the government? Why do we need leaders? How do our leaders feel about what people are experiencing? Are they thinking about the public? They need to tell us.
If they are not making decisions despite all the scientific information, do they have other information? Do they know something we do not know? A responsible government must tell the people who appointed them on what basis they make decisions. The government must explain why it makes decisions that disregard the recommendations of health specialists. People are dying because of the decisions taken by the government at this moment. Human lives are not numbers. Every life is valued and every person is loved. The decisions are taken by the government decide our lives. We do not want a government that would shirk its responsibility to protect human life and leave it to God. At the very least, they should take responsibility for the decisions they make. Hiding inside their protected rooms is simply irresponsible.
In the midst of all this bad decision-making, everyone in the health sector is playing a massive role in bearing that burden. They have been working tirelessly for a year and a half now. They are at the forefront of risk at the moment. Many people in the medical field and the health sector are infected. We wish them recovery and would like to express our gratitude role they play in the face of these obstacles. We especially appreciate their commitment and their compassion for our people. We implore the government to not abandon the people and the health sector. If the government is choosing the economy over human lives, we got to ask who needs an economy that does not value human lives. The people of this country are important to us.
It can be said that this is happening due to the ignorance of the President. But a government is not one person but a group of people with a common responsibility. You can’t just get away bypassing the responsibilities on to each other. Everyone has to be responsible. They need to reveal the rationale behind their decisions. We emphasize that the government should be responsible for every human life lost.