The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) in a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today has proposed drastic measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic including the shutting down of all airports and harbours with immediate effect.
They also asked to extend public holidays to cover the entire week and prevent unnecessary movement and gathering of people; centrally coordinated vigorous measures for contact tracing and monitoring, utilizing MOH (Medical Officer of Health) offices, Grama Niladharis, Armed Forces and Police; Provide adequate protection for healthcare staff in both government and private sectors and postpone all non-emergency healthcare services in government hospitals.
“The above measures were carefully thought out by studying the experiences in China and Singapore, which countries succeed in controlling COVID-19 pandemic. In contrast, Italy which failed to adhere to the above steps in a prompt manner, failed to control the pandemic with disastrous consequences to its citizens as well as becoming a threat to the rest of the world.
Studies have shown, an 80% contact tracing is absolutely necessary for preventing the spread of the present pandemic.
Furthermore, containing the diseas, is the only path available to our country as our ICU services, including ventilator support, which is necessary to treat patient with advance COVID-19, is already at maximal utilization with virtually no reserve, the letter added.