With the sudden increase in Covid-19 deaths in the country for the last three weeks, a panel of experts was appointed by the Director-General of Health Services to evaluate the deaths related to Covid-19, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today.
Addressing the media, he said the committee would review matters such as whether the Covid-19 deaths occur as a result of an exacerbation of chronic diseases.
“They will also look into the situation whether there is a delay in seeking medical treatment from the part of patients or whether there is a delay in attending to the duty on the part of doctors, nurses etc,” he said.
Dr Samaraweera said the fact that a considerable number of deaths had been reported at residences, would also be taken into account.
“The panel of experts will also analyze what should be done to bring down the number of deaths in the country,” he added.
He said the committee was expected to submit the recommendation within a week.
Dr Samaraweera underlined that the fatality rate in the country stands at 0.28, which was at 0.38.
The committee chaired by Primary Care Services Director at the Ministry of Health, Dr Priyantha Atapattu comprises of Chief Judicial Medical Officer of Colombo Dr Ajith Tennakoon and Epidemiologist Dr Hasitha Tissera.(Sheain Fernandopulle)
One week is too late. Report should be ready soon and action taken immediately.
Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Wednesday, 11 November 2020 04:53 PM
You don't need a committee, you know who's to blame.
Desillusioned Wednesday, 11 November 2020 04:55 PM
Why was it not analyzed weeks ago? Why another committee again? How many committees are there now? And ofcourse there is a delay in seeking medical treatment. No one wants to be locked up in a prison quarantaine centre.
kumar Wednesday, 11 November 2020 05:23 PM
There might very soon be deaths due to starvation, lack of nutrition and medicine in Gampaha District. There is a failure of the distribution other than in the minds of Govt. spokesman and online, which is not within the scope of ordinary persons.
Gamage Wednesday, 11 November 2020 05:26 PM
To hide Corona deaths to make the government look good.
Gunasiri Wednesday, 11 November 2020 05:38 PM
Where are the captains who gave big talk.
Enough you talking,Please save the lives if not people will die unwantedly
Gunther Wednesday, 11 November 2020 06:06 PM
Government mouthpiece, we cant trust what you say
Sachi Kuhananthan, MD Wednesday, 11 November 2020 06:21 PM
You don't need a panel of experts to find out. A little common sense is enough. There is more spread now because of the lifting of the curfew. More cases means more deaths. Curfews should have been lifted months ago so that herd immunity would have reached by now. People are dying at home because their oxygen levels are dropping at home and no one is checking it with a cheap pulse oximeter. What will save lives is starting on high dose of vitamin D3 as soon as symptoms develop and Dexamethasone if they end up in ICU.
Roger Galpihilla (Germany) Wednesday, 11 November 2020 06:31 PM
what happened to the inquiry into Brandix outbreak of Cluster and where Indians were quarantined that was promised by Minister and others. Swept under the Carpets?
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