Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

PER­FORM PCR TESTS ON EM­PLOY­EES AT PRI­VATE HOS­PI­TALS: MARIKKAR

This is an eco­nomic bur­den to fac­to­ries that were re­cov­er­ing from eco­nomic hard­ships

- BY AJITH SIRIWARDAN­A AND YOHAN PERERA

• Di­rect­ing fac­to­ries to ob­tain PCR tests from pri­vate hos­pi­tals re­sult in hos­pi­tals earn­ing ex­or­bi­tant prof­its

Sa­m­agi Jana Balawe­gaya MP S.m.marikkar yes­ter­day brought to the no­tice of the House that the Board of In­vest­ment (BOI) in a let­ter had di­rected all fac­to­ries in the coun­try to per­form PCR tests on 5 per cent of their staff per week from four pri­vate hos­pi­tals which would lead to a huge fi­nan­cial scam.

He told Par­lia­ment that there are over one mil­lion work­ers in BOI ap­proved fac­to­ries in the coun­try and that ac­cord­ingly, 50,000 work­ers would have to un­dergo PCR tests per week which would cost around Rs. 325 mil­lion per week.

“The BOI has named four pri­vate hos­pi­tals to per­form these PCR tests. This is an eco­nomic bur­den to fac­to­ries that were re­cov­er­ing from eco­nomic hard­ships it had faced due to COVID-19 epi­demic.

And asked why the gov­ern­ment was not of­fer­ing to con­duct the tests,” he ques­tioned.

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