Apr 07, 2020

Covid-19 to continue until June ; cluster level imminent 

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has warned that the country's health system could collapse if the number of Covid-19 patients increase to 2,500.

Following a review done yesterday (06) on the epidemic situation, secretary of the GMOA - Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that the Covid-19 epidemic situation could continue until the month of June.

He further said that the the epidemic has reached the cluster level of transmission which could soon lead up to the next level of community transmission.

Noting that strict measures should be taken against Covid-19 from progressing to the level of community transmission, Dr. Aluthge said over 80% of social distancing should be ensured to prevent this.

The bane of concealing

The Ministry of Health points out that a small group of people who are disregarding their social responsibility by concealing their health situation, has become the country's major challenge in combating the epidemic.

Over the last few weeks, there were many Covid-19 patients who had concealed their true details from their families, health staff and security forces.

As a result, a large number of close contacts, including public, health workers, other patients and security personnel were compelled to be under quarantine. It also forced several several wards and ICU's in hospitals to close down.

Speaking to the BBC Sinhala Service, Chief Nurse of the National Hospital - Pushpa Ramyani De Soysa says that this even robbed the right of law-abiding citizens to medical treatment.

She also pointed out that this would only increase the number of patients while reducing the number of health workers and only the general public can change this.

Meanwhile, Director General of Health Services, Specialist Dr. Anil Jasinghe urged public to seek treatment at the nearest hospital designated for Covid-19 if anyone suspects that they have been infected.

(Source - Aruna / BBC Sinhala)