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Sri Lanka private hospital hit by staffer testing positive for COVID 19

ECONOMYNEXT- Melsta, a private hospital in Ragama is confirming that a staff member has tested positive for COVID 19 and has been admitted to a government hospital.

He is likely to have contracted the disease while on a lecturing assignment at the Kandakadu Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment centre.

A media statement released a short while ago by Melsta Hospitals said the facility “continues to function” taking all the necessary preventive and precautionary measures under the guidance of the Health authorities.

However, Director-General Health Services Anil Jasinghe said the hospital is closed and that 48 employees had been given the PCR test.

“We will decide whether we are re-opening the hospital after the results of the tests are known,” he said.

A spokesman for Melsta said “only the Out-Patients Department” is closed.

The hospital said that the employee in question begun to work at the Melsta hospital on July 1, and prior to that had worked in another hospital.

During that period he had visited the Kandakadu centre to deliver a lecture.

After the visit “having learned that the Kandakadu area was marked as an at-risk Covid-19 location, the staff member had immediately and voluntarily undergone a PCR test at a reputed private healthcare institution, to which he had tested negative.”

However he had gone into quarantine and his next PCR test (which was conducted at the quarantine centre) had revealed a positive result.

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He has since been admitted to a government hospital, where he is being monitored and remains in good health, Melsta said. (Colombo, July 14, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana