Sri Lanka health officials say no shortage of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s health ministry has denied speculation that there is a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath told reporters yesterday that only 27 out of 147 ICU beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients are currently occupied.

Out of 11, 443 regular beds reserved for COVID-19 patients at 42 government hospitals and 37 temporary treatment centres, he said, currently only 6,837 are occupied. Some of these are patients who haven’t tested positive for the virus but are under observation. Herath said that, as of yesterday afternoon, 5,591 patients were being treated.

At present, Sri Lanka records a total of 70,235 cases, out of which 64,141 have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. As of today, there are 5,729 active cases, with 720 individuals who have come into contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients under observation.

Since March last year, 365 people have died due to COVID-19. (Colombo/Feb 09/2021)

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