The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said today there was a shortage of medical officers and other medical supplies and necessary equipment which were essential to combat the Coronavirus successfully at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Health Unit.
The GMOA told a media conference held at the BIA Health Unit that there were several shortcomings including the lack of isolated-treatment facilities that were urgently required.
It said necessary facilities should be in place to perform medical checkups especially on passengers arriving from high-risk areas and added that the medical supplies at the Angoda Fever Hospital did not suffice in the long run and there were no rooms to isolate the patients.
The GMOA said even the Medical Supplies Division (MSD) lacked a sufficient quantity of medicines and emphasised the need to address these issues on an emergency basis.
It said doctors and medical staff should be provided with the facilities to carry out universal precautions and medical tests according to international standards.
The GMOA advised that infected passengers be isolated at a separate institution rather than confined to their homes.
Meanwhile, assuring the public that there was no reason to panic, it requested the public to be well-informed and urged them to follow the Coronavirus management guide issued by the Health Ministry.(Thisari Walawege)
Roshan Wednesday, 29 January 2020 07:19 AM
The biggest problem is that there is a shortage of 'doctors' or medical practitioners in the GMOA!
Kumar Wednesday, 29 January 2020 07:53 AM
Can't the GMOA committee members who are fleecing the poor people buy the medicines
Ravi Wednesday, 29 January 2020 08:39 AM
Or my god all mighty GMOA is existing where were you all, Dr Aritha Herath don't you think so this corona-virus is a another conspiracy by the UNP. Why don't you organize a strike.
Yehiya Wednesday, 29 January 2020 08:46 AM
They will make statement to media
Zulkifli Nazim Wednesday, 29 January 2020 11:30 AM
BIA lacks sufficient doctors and medicines: GMOA: Of course, you clowns are always staging walk-outs and are always on the street - not at places where medical treatment is needed. The only truthful statement that came out of the mouth of the GMOA.
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