Recommendations from top Medical Professors towards an exit strategy

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Six Chair Professors of Medicine (and Specialist Physicians) in Sri Lanka have expressed their opinion on an exit strategy from the current COVID-19 lockdown in Sri Lanka, recommending the current level of restriction should continue for now and be reviewed after the New Year among others.

Prof. Janaka de Silva (University of Kelaniya), Prof. Sarath Lekamwasam(University of Ruhuna) Prof. SAM Kularatne (University of Peradeniya), Prof. Sisira Siribaddana (Rajarata University of Sri Lanka), Prof Saroj Jayasinghe (University of Colombo), Prof. Kamani Wanigasuriya (University of Sri Jayewardenepura) have written a letter to Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Chairman of the COVID-19 National Task Force and Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, expressing their opinion with some recommendations. 

“The current level of restriction should continue for now and be reviewed after the New Year.
If the level of transmission is not high as evidenced by the daily number of new cases and a slow doubling time of cumulative cases, the curfew can be relaxed in stages, district-wise (e.g. one district per province on given days of the week). The chaos that occurred on Tuesday 24 March, when curfew was lifted for just a few hours, should not be allowed to recur. However, areas with high numbers of patients could be cordoned off and kept under stricter control measures or lockdowns,” the letter stated.

  Comments - 16

  • Leenus Joshua Tuesday, 07 April 2020 04:01 PM

    Where were these Professors all these days. Hats off to the President and other members of GMOA

    Sokrates Tuesday, 07 April 2020 04:27 PM

    These are all people with nice professorships but not a single virologist is among them. It's exactly the same as having a sport teacher teach math. Everything that these professors in the field of virology and epedimology have is only half knowledge. But that is not enough to advise the government. A single pass per family would be a good idea to ease curfew in non-high risk zones. These passports would have to be numbered consecutively. The exit should be allowed by days: Mondays the matching end numbers 1 and 2, Tuesdays 3 and 4, Wednesdays no exit, Thursdays 5 and 6. Fridays 7 and 8, Saturdays 9 and 0 and Sundays no exit. In this way, a run on business and institutions can be prevented. In return, more shops and service providers such as the post office and other authorities could have opened up again. But as I said, something like this should be decided by real experts.

    CITIZEN Tuesday, 07 April 2020 04:59 PM


    Joseph Arulvasagam Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:30 PM

    I too have been sending suggestion - how to keep the super markets / pharmacies open and control the crowd. It seems that it had not reach the authorities...... I request Daily Mirror - Online to view my FB 'Joseph Arulvasagam" and give some space in your page....

    nadarajah Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:33 PM

    very comprehensive pl implement as suggested i like the last para the most --the last thing we should have is violence /hate campaign against muslims as some who did this part time are now engaged in same full time as they have nothing else to think of other than creating disharmony

    W.G.Somaratne Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:39 PM

    It should be necessary to find possibilities to impose a fine for persons who do not keep social distancing, as specified. This measure is applying in Australia and USA as a self corrective measure.

    Sambo Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:49 PM

    You guys must be joking. We are locked in our houses since the 24th 2:PM and if we have to stay more locked up in our houses then you have to treat us for some other sickness. Please give us break.

    Redflame Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:54 PM

    Timely letter very good plan to exit the lockdown. The country should move forward while controlling this decease.

    W.G.Somaratne Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:55 PM

    Find possibilities to establish a couple of mobile testing units for COVID-19 with state-of-the art technology and qualified staff to identify and tract the zone wise possible patients quickly and apply pertinent measures to direct them to specific hospitals established for quick treatments. Once the patients are identified, it needs to link through an IT network to the relevant hospitals, by providing all patient details, test reports, quick treatments, recommendations etc. This would enable for health authorities to reduce the rate of spreading COVID - 19 to other areas and persons.

    Redflame Tuesday, 07 April 2020 06:00 PM

    Public health is his top priority, keeping society and the economy on total lockdown for too long would have unintended negative consequences.

    Kumar Tuesday, 07 April 2020 07:02 PM

    Stop blaming the public for March 24th. If the mechanism to supply the basic essentials are there public would not panic and risk their lives. One month after still the Govt had failed to provide a proper mechanism at least a simple one to ensure essentials reach the public. Public are not interested in tom tom beaters and conferences but results.

    Saman Ayya Tuesday, 07 April 2020 08:41 PM

    With all the due respect professors, what you have written can be summarised in to a single word as; CONTINIVE.

    Dharma Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:02 PM

    Six professors have done a fantastic national duty in the form of an analyze and recommendation of the situation ,we Srilankans face now due to covid 19.Our home made experts are valuable than the imported expertise from powerful countries which have been exposed as weak task masters.

    Dilshan Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:10 PM

    What do they know about the state of daily workers and people who are not getting grocery and money. Like other countries all the groceries should be.opened. people should be allowed to walk to their grocers and buy food. In Norway, they encouraging grocers.opened during even their traditional holidays,.do there will no rush and crowd. Our mad presidential task force lifting few.hours and encouraging spreading and making curfew mockery. This is what we get every time we get disgusted with ruling party and vote for other party

    citizen Friday, 10 April 2020 06:55 AM

    Karl Marx prejudiced SLMC professors mainly outside Colombo should produce distance learning for their own students. Colombo needs to have groceries, bakeries, pharmacies, hospital clinics open as usual so without crowd rushing, distancing can be kept without panic queues.

    Rila A. Hady Sunday, 12 April 2020 10:40 AM

    Thanks to those 6 Professors for their valuable suggestions to the Authorities and to ease the tough ordeal faced by the poor daily wage earners and public. WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING ONLY ONSIDE OF THE OVID 19 AND THIS ONE IS HIGHLIGHTING THE OTHER SIDE TOO.

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