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Tactical approach crucial to curb COVID-19 in January: GMOA

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It is doubtful as to what would happen by the end of January, if we do not move forward with tactical approach as adopted by other countries to suppress COVID-19 pandemic, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said.

GMOA Editor Dr. Haritha Aluthge said tactical approach is vital and we should use it to suit our country.

He mentioned the three prime tactical steps are; identifying the patients while increasing the number of PCR tests, special attention should be paid to impose travel restrictions among towns and thereby minimize the risk of virus spread among people.

"People with COVID-19 infections are on the rise. The virus is being carried to other areas from the Western Province.
The number of beds in hospitals is fast becoming scarce due to daily detection of new cases," Dr. Aluthge said.

He said if hospitals exceed the capacity, the whole health care system of the country might collapse. 

Therefore, the Epidemiology Unit and the Health Ministry should alert the President about the current situation immediately, Dr. Aluthge added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Michael Ranasinghe Monday, 18 January 2021 04:26 PM

    Doctor with due respect all over the world unless a Covid infected person displays serious symptoms they self quarantine and take the necessary treatment . Here it's chaos because in April the government boasted about excellent quarantine centres which are today worse than cattle sheds . Why are people put through this agony ? Put some sense to those who run this country

    Doctor, Where is Your Science ? Monday, 18 January 2021 04:53 PM

    If you are suggesting tactical approach to handle Covid-19, then what did you all studied in the “Five or Sometimes even Six year medical degree course”. It looks bullshit.

    Vaccine Monday, 18 January 2021 04:59 PM

    Bring Vaccine as soon as possible. That is the only remedy.

    Bushel Monday, 18 January 2021 06:30 PM

    What you say are not tactics. What you say are basic preventive measures.

    Roshanaly Tuesday, 19 January 2021 10:27 AM

    Why no more strikes and work to rule????


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