Subsequent to the identification of a covert COVID-19 patient at the Teaching Hospital in Kalubowila, 15 patients and 20 staff members who came into contact with him had to be moved to the quarantine, the Hospital Director Dr. Asela Gunewardena said today.
He said the ward where the patient was found had to be closed. The 15 patients who had come into contact with the COVID -19 positive person in that ward had also been transferred to the Homagama Hospital while 20 staff members from the ward had been sent to their homes for self-quarantine of two weeks.
The patient who tested positive had arrived at the hospital on March 27 with a cough and a high temperature, Dr. Gunewardena said.
He said that upon inquiry the patient had mentioned that he did not come into contact or associate any person who could be at the risk of spreading the virus.
However, the patient had met with an individual who had arrived from Australia on March 11 but did not show any symptoms of the virus as of yet, the doctor added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Must be a Sinhalese fellow. Our guys are very sneaky.
RU Monday, 30 March 2020 11:55 PM
Despite the admirable work that is being done by the health workers, the fact that many patients are visiting multiple doctors and are not getting diagnosed seems to be a problem. If this patient presented with cough and high fever shouldnt the doctors have diagnosed him as potential covid 19 and isolated him before he was tested. Travel history cant be the criteria for diagnosis. Symptoms should be the most important. Besides when it gets to commu ity spread nobody will have a travel history. If it is respiratory case it must be treated as covid 19 until it is proven otherwise. Doing this would protect the health workers themselves.
sanath jaytilaka Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:59 AM
Has there been negligence at the Airport or Harbour? Will those in charge tell the public
Mohanan Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:13 AM
Cough and fever. What else do you need to suspect Covid 19
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