Feb 03, 2021

Around 1,000 health workers contract Covid-19 Featured

Dr. Haritha Aluthge of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) says that around 1,000 health workers have currently contracted Covid-19, with a significantly increased number of contacts.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday (02), Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that the death of Dr. Gayan Dantanarayana while receiving treatment at the Karapitiya Hospital in Galle, had sent shockwaves in the health sector..

He added that about 100 doctors are currently infected with Covid19 during the second wave of the pandemic. Dr. Aluthge said that the country's health sector could face a collapse with health professionals being infected.

He pointed out that it was the responsibility of authorities to ensure an environment where health professionals could work with confidence.

Speaking further he said :

"We are accused of spreading fear when we tell the truth. We are not afraid of this accusation. The reality should be revealed to the country and we will not allow more deaths like Gayan's to happen.”