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Shortage of ICU beds in hospitals islandwide

Rise in number of COVID-19 cases

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With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise daily, there is a shortage of beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for the COVID-19 patients in hospitals islandwide.

Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle told Daily Mirror that the available capacity in ICU was almost full.

“Steps are being taken to increase the capacity in ICUs and High Dependency Units in order to address the issue," she said.

She also said a new strain had been apparently identified and that’s why the ICU admissions had gone up.

“There is a tendency of youths getting COVID-19 complications and being admitted in ICUs than adults at present,” she said.

“However, we are taking all measures to mitigate the situation and minimise the risk,” she added.

Meanwhile, the State Minister said people were not careful and were acting in an irresponsible manner. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Sokrates Monday, 26 April 2021 06:12 PM

    This felon Gota transfers the money of the people to his Virgin Islands accounts instead of buying IC beds fro the hospitals.

    Sam Silva Monday, 26 April 2021 07:46 PM

    First you need to address the cause for needing icu beds than going off the track.

    ruwan Monday, 26 April 2021 06:21 PM

    more than one year gone since the beginning of the pandemic.. it was well predicted those days about requirements of new ICU facilities in future. now time has come. still same number of beds in the country. what a shame to live in a country with this type of politicians.

    ranjit Monday, 26 April 2021 07:58 PM

    ask the 6.9 Million who knowingly elected this corrupt government.

    Sam Monday, 26 April 2021 07:32 PM

    Why we need icu beds because of the administration open everything that is prone to spread of virus because it will not effect them since all the influentials got themselves vaccinated. Sad.

    Suraj Monday, 26 April 2021 07:42 PM

    Didn't this Govt

    Ramesh Monday, 26 April 2021 07:47 PM

    Don't mind it. We welcome tourists. Please come with your beds, Udayanga will arrange place to stay without quarantine at government expenses.

    being human Monday, 26 April 2021 07:55 PM

    In a few days it will be shortage of oxygen

    Sugantha Monday, 26 April 2021 07:55 PM

    How come when covid cases in India is increasing exponentially, the cases in Sri Lanka are also increasing ? Has the Indian variant spread into Sri Lanka ?

    Joshua Monday, 26 April 2021 08:35 PM

    Only last week the Govt stated that there are enough beds.

    Mohan Monday, 26 April 2021 09:21 PM

    This is what happens when you get the Military to work on pandemic . They simply made it chaotic!!! Sar Pass , rata fail!!!

    BE FAIR Monday, 26 April 2021 11:26 PM

    Fully Agree. They should provide Logistical Support only and now should withdraw from Technical Responsibilities if the situation is to be resurrected to a level where it is manageable and safe

    JANET DE SILAV Monday, 26 April 2021 09:27 PM

    SRILANKA DAYS ARE NUMBERED SOON FALLOW INDIA

    Nelum Fernando Monday, 26 April 2021 09:32 PM

    Keep on blaming the government isn't going to work. Knowing that Covid is not gone forever, people should have known what might happen if health guidelines were not followed.

    Lanka Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:53 AM

    Never learn lessons. India has so many festivities and large gatherings and see the results. Sri Lankan Avurudu results are what we're seeing. If celebrations are more important than health and well-being, do not complain.

    Thavam Tuesday, 27 April 2021 02:16 AM

    Keep on blaming the government isn't going to work.... Also Newspapers needs to be responsible without spreading panic.

    Independent Tuesday, 27 April 2021 04:33 AM

    Minister said people were not careful and were acting in an irresponsible manner -> Govt must act as a responsible leader and put rules as appropriate, and monitor them. Govt now put the blame on people covering their inefficiency and inability to handle Covid19.

    Peacemaker Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:13 AM

    Now they blame people for every failure, those 6.9 million bulls should blame themselves

    Dee Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:42 AM

    RW said this one year back. The 6.9mil laughed it off. He said the same of testing. And not of port city. It's high time he keeps quiet and allow our 6.9 to learn a good lesson!


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