COVID-19 infected patients have to be confined to their homes for at least two days prior to be taken to hospitals and treatment centres due to the insufficient space at hospitals and treatment centres, sources said.
According to the Public Health Inspectors Union, nearly 200 patients infected with COVID-19 in the Gampaha District had not been taken to hospitals by Wednesday (27) afternoon and therefore, had to remain in their homes. All patients, who were confined to their homes in the Gampaha district, were diagnosed with the virus after the 18th of this month. Public Health Inspectors Union Secretary said the available space at treatment centres had been exceeded resulting in their inability of admitting patients into the centres.
“Hence, the patients have to stay at home at least for two days and warned that such a situation could lead to the spread and exacerbation of the disease.” “This situation is obvious when average of 700 COVID patients are currently being reported on a daily basis,” he said. the Union Secretary said such patients would be taken into treatment centres on availability of space. (SHEAIN FERNANDOPULLE)