Jan 28, 2020

Pavithra prepares for Coronavirus: Students who were in China to be tested

The Health Ministry has decided to prepare twelve (12) hospitals to treat patients in the event Sri Lanka is affected by the Coronavirus, it is reported.

Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said this decision was taken during a meeting held at the Health Ministry yesterday.

The first meeting of the special action committee appointed by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to tackle the spread of the Coronavirus in Sri Lanka was held yesterday.

There it was discussed that in addition to the Angoda National Infectious Disease Centre, Negombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Kalubowila, Karapitiya, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Batticaloa and Badulla hospitals have also been readied to meet this emergency situation.

The Health Minister has instructed the hospital directors to create the arrangements required to treat patients identified with this virus.

The Health Ministry stated that measures would be taken to provide the equipment required to test, identify and treat patients infected by this virus.  

It had also been decided to provide the maximum safety to the medical professionals engaged in treating these patients.

The Health Ministry has also taken measures to provide all medicines required to treat these patients and to separately test the students arriving from China.