Sri Lanka starts 1390 Coronavirus hotline to call for Covid-19 symptoms
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is starting a hotline with the number 1390 for those with symptoms similar to Coronavirus to call which will be manned by over 100 doctors, the head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service Anil Jasinghe said.
“This call centre is provided with the technology of Dialog (Axiata),” Jasinghe told Sri Lanka’s Derana TV.
“Don’t go here and there call the hotline and they will give you the advice. If you should be admitted they will direct you to the nearest hospital.”
He said the call center could also make arrangements for 1990 Suwaseriya paramedic ambulances to pick up the suspected patients.
Overnight Sri Lanka’s confirmed cases went up to 166, health ministry data showed.
On Saturday one person was found in the quarantine centre in Puttalam.
At Homagama Hospital three persons had been found, who were from Attidiya, Ratmalana and Wellampitiya areas, Jasinghe said.
Up to Saturday 25 persons have recovered from the disease.
Five persons had died including a 44-year old who had no complications like diabetes or blood pressure.
Sri Lanka is under curfew with Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna being declared as high risk areas. (Colombo/Apr05/2020)