PHIs on strike today over murder in Kantale
July 10, 2012 09:17 am
The Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors Association decided to go on an island-wide strike today (July 10) in protest of the murder of a PHI in the Thambalagamuwa area in Kantale.
All PHIs around the country will not report to work today in protest of the incident, association President Upul Rohana stated.
A Public Health Inspector (PHI) was killed yesterday (July
9) following an assault by householders during a dengue inspection carried out
in the Kantale area.
The 52-year-old PHI in question had been admitted to the Kantale Hospital where he had succumbed to injuries sustained from the assault.
An argument between the home owners and the PHI regarding possible dengue mosquito breeding areas located in the residence had let to the attack, police said.
The Police Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana stated that a Civil Security Officer was taken into custody regarding the murder.
However, Upul Rohana stated that it was currently unsafe for the PHIs to report to work and carry out their duties following the murder.