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Sri Lanka’s COVID-designated hospital capacity down to 168 amid extra admissions

NEW PLACE FOR COVID PATIENTS – The recently built Hambantota District Hospital has been designated as a centre for COVID 19 patients after a surge in new cases

ECONOMYNEXT – The 13 main hospitals designated to treat COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka are full at the moment with only 168 available capacity as of 0500hrs today (15) while some hospitals have accommodated extra patients, official data showed.

According to statististics made available by Sri Lanka’s national COVID-19 task force, the total capacity of the designated hospitals are now at 1,712 after the addition of the Laggala Pallegama hospital, while the number of COVID-19 infected persons in hospitals has grown to 1,544 — out of which 1,415 are from the Miniwangoda cluster and 127 are foreign returnees.

The Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) is accommodating 38 extra patients. Base hospitals Welikanda, Colombo East, Kaburugamuwa, Theldeniya and Kaththankudi have also taken in extra patients outside its capacity.

Health Department Spokesperson Dr Jayaruwan Bandara told reporters on Wednesday that if there is a necessity of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, the government is able to provide them.

“We have earmarked certain wards and hospitals for this purpose, but we can add to that number,” he said.

The 13 hospitals are the IDH, base hospitals in Welikanda, Colombo East, Minuwangoda, Theldeniya and Homagama, the Iranawila hospital, the Hambantota district general  hospital, the Rabukkana district hospital, the Kaburugamuwa hospital, the Neville Fernando hospital and the Kaththankudi and Laggala Pallegama hospitals. (Colombo/Oct15/2020)

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