“Situation is under control and there is nothing to fear…” “Situation is under control and there is nothing to fear…”
May 17, 2018

Cause not known yet in Karapitiya children deaths Featured

Authorities could not say for certain if the deaths of five children in the past one month while being treated at the children’s ICU of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital were due to a virus.

Hospital’s director Dr. Jayampathy Senanayake has told BBC Sinhala Service that the situation was now under control and that there was nothing to fear.

Safety measures have been taken and blood samples of the five children sent to Colombo for testing, he said.

Visits to wards have been restricted and safety measures taken for any visitors, he said.

Influenza virus


A hospitalized child

Meanwhile, southern province education director Nimal Dissanayake says he has been warned by health authorities about a possible outbreak of influenza virus among schoolchildren.

He said a closure of schools was not under consideration.

Provincial director of health services Dr. G. Wijesuriya said children could contract the virus easily.

He said a possible connection between this virus and the death of five children at the Karapitiya hospital was being looked into.


Karapitiya teaching hospital

Symptoms are increased sneezing, sore throat, cold and high temperature, he said, adding that most patients have been reported from Tangalle, Kamburupitiya and Karapitiya.

Avoiding public places and seeking immediate medical treatment have been recommended.

In Hambantota, an increased incidence of fever has been reported, mostly among below the 12 year olds, says district director of health services A.P.R.S. Chandrasena.