Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response and maintaining health services: implications for future pandemics
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    Unveiling Oversights and Underreporting: A Rebuttal of Sri Lanka's COVID-19 Response Analysis
    • Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, Founder & Principal Researcher / Senior Lecturer in Economics Point Pedro Institute of Development and University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    • Other Contributors:
      • Zahrah Imtiaz, Adjunct Research Associate
      • Thavarasa Sujanthini, Undergraduate Student in Economics
      • Ushanthani Subramaniam, Undergraduate Student in Economics
      • Dorairaj Thiyagani, Undergraduate Student in Economics
      • Mosin M. P. M. Shalini, Undergraduate Student in Economics
      • Veerasingam Thulasika, Undergraduate Student in Economics
      • Vasudevan Vijayashanthinee, Undergraduate Student in Economics

    Unveiling Oversights and Underreporting: A Rebuttal of Sri Lanka's COVID-19 Response Analysis


    In response to an analysis of Sri Lanka's COVID-19 handling , this rebuttal delves into critical deficiencies in the data used and contextual factors influencing governmental decisions. It presents objective data showing Sri Lanka's poor performance in managing COVID-19 despite its healthcare infrastructure advantages. The initial success is attributed more to political motivations surrounding parliamentary elections rather than effective public health measures. Ethnoreligious stigmatisation exacerbated the crisis, impacting testing efforts and vaccination uptake, while economic mismanagement further worsened the situation, leading to the ousting of the Executive President in 2022. This rejoinder criticises the article for not explicitly recognising or downplaying these factors' significance. It concludes that while the study contributes to the lessons to be learned for the management of future pandemics in Sri Lanka, it overlooks crucial aspects, potentially skewing lessons for the future. Due to brevity of space, we are unable to publish our entire rejoinder, including the data table, which could be obtained from the corresponding author of this rejoinder.


    Acknowledging the exhaustive analysis by the authors regarding Sri Lanka's responses to and management of COVID-19, this rebuttal endeavours to shed li...

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