More action being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus

PROTECTIONS: Tourists wearing face masks walking past a billboard in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.

ECONOMYNEXT – Measures have been further strengthened to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Sri Lanka the Acting Director-General of Health Services Dr Lakshman Gamlath said.

“There is no need for the general public to be fearful,” he told reporters yesterday.

Gamlath said that health officials have received information regarding a cruise ship arriving with 2000 passengers at the Colombo port and all of those passengers will be examined the same way arrivals at the Bandaranaike International Airport are checked.

Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit Dr Sudath Samaraweera told EconomyNext that the 43-year-old female Chinese national who was infected with the novel coronavirus and currently receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) is almost recovered at present.

However, the patient is not discharged from the hospital yet for further assurance since the virus is newly found and the health officials have to make sure that she is in a stable condition to travel, Samaraweera said.

The Chief Epidemiologist further said that others who are admitted to the hospital are receiving treatment for suspected conditions.

“There are some other patients who are receiving treatment for the suspicions of having infected with the virus but their condition is not severe. All of the reports we received so far other than of the Chinese female patient were tested as negative to the novel coronavirus.,” Samaraweera added.

Commenting further, he noted that 33 students who are quarantined at the army camp in Diyatalawa are currently under watch and they have not shown any symptom of novel coronavirus so far.

Meanwhile, GMOA (Government Medical Officers’ Association) will be educating the public regarding the novel coronavirus at hospitals across the country from today.

Speaking to the media at Apeksha Hospital Maharagama this morning, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge said that its members will teach the public preventive measures and provide all relevant information through leaflets.

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Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi has also discussed the solutions and controlling methods in traditional indigenous medicine which would prevent the spread of novel coronavirus with Ayurvedic doctors at the Department of Ayurveda in Nawinna yesterday. (Colombo, February 5, 2020)

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