While saying that the capacity in hospitals where COVID patients were treated had exceeded, Director General of Health Services Dr Asela Gunawardana yesterday cautioned the public over irresponsible behaviour, stating that the number of hospitalisations surged within a week.
“As these hospitals receive patients from all over the country, they are expected to exceed their capacities by tonight," Dr. Gunawardana said, adding that the Infectious Diseases Hospital and the Homagama Hospital were burdened with the case-load.
“There will be no issue if we are able to balance the incoming patients and the patients who are being discharged,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the virus that was currently spreading in the country was attributed to a new virus strain that posed a great risk.
He told media that in the previous variant, at least 95 percent of COVID-19 patients showed mild symptoms while only five percent showed complications of symptoms.
“The number of admissions to hospitals and ICUs also remained at a lower rate in the previous virus strain. However, the number of ICU admissions has considerably gone up consequent to the new variant,” he said.
“Besides, there is also a tendency that the youths getting complications of symptoms and being admitted to ICUs, which shows the gravity of the situation,' the Doctor said.
Therefore, Dr. Gunawardana urged the people to strictly follow health guidelines and restrict unnecessary movement.
Moreover, he stressed that they would have to tighten the prevailing regulation if people continued to act irresponsibly.
“People’s behaviour during the festive season was not satisfactory and therefore, everyone has to now face the music. If we are to go back to our normal routine, everyone will have to act responsibly, adhering to the health guidelines and if not, the situation will become worse,” Dr. Gunawardana added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Sri Lanka is building expressways, bridges, asphalt country roads (hardly used) etc. There has been little or no investment for the national health service since the "Sudda" left.
Anura Nanayakkara Wednesday, 28 April 2021 07:20 AM
No point of blaming the public as we all knew about it. Talk sensibly to indicate what the real situation in the country. None of you know anything properly about this disease.
BE FAIR Wednesday, 28 April 2021 07:26 AM
I hope at least now the Health Authrorities will be given priority to manage the pandemic and that measures suggested by them are implemented sooner
PD Wednesday, 28 April 2021 07:29 AM
Stupid irresponsible behavior by the government for not imposing restrictions during New Years. This is the responsibility of the authorities as well.
VJ Wednesday, 28 April 2021 08:17 AM
Mass media minister says that there are ample capacity for beds in hospitals.
Dee Wednesday, 28 April 2021 08:22 AM
Let's promote more military officers!
Dr. Wednesday, 28 April 2021 08:24 AM
The biggest virus appears to be those who are trying to control it!!
Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 28 April 2021 09:33 AM
Yeah, it got full when you was eating kiribath and kavum/kokiss.
HaHaHa Wednesday, 28 April 2021 09:54 AM
Api Thamai Hondata Kale...
Roshanaly Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:22 AM
Allow the Private Hospital to admit Covid Patients under strict Health conditions.
Sunil Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:46 AM
JAYATH NANDANA Wednesday, 28 April 2021 01:48 PM
DONT BLAME PUBLIC . THE GOVERMENT ITSELF WAS GIVEN A WILD CAT FREEDOM TO THE PUBLIC. IT IS OBVIOUS NORMAL PERERA S AND SILVA S WILL MIS USE IT . THAT IS FOR THE GOVT IN A COUNTRY IT IS A WELL KNOWN SECRET AS WLL AS THE PUBLIC AND THE GOVT NEGLECTED THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
Anura Hettiarachchi Wednesday, 28 April 2021 02:06 PM
Sri Lanka has one of the most indiscipline and law breaking nationas in the world...
Damn you. Wednesday, 28 April 2021 02:59 PM
There are 225 viruses in parliament. Burn them all and we will have a much better and healthy country.
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