The first Sri Lankan healthcare worker to die of Covid 19 is from Ratnapura hospital

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Healthcare system is being hit by Covid 19 infections with the first death of a frontline health worker recorded at the Homagama hospital, the head of the government Nurses’ Union Saman Rathnapriya told reporters yesterday.

He said the health worker had been admitted to the hospital for another ailment. “However a postmortem examination revealed that he was Covid positive,” he said.

A hospital spokesman from the Ratnapura hospital said the deceased was one of their staff members.

Five wards in the Ratnapura Teaching hospital are closed due to the infections, the spokesman told EconomyNext. They are wards 6, 6B, 24, 13 and 12.

Rathnapriya also said that a number of Healthcare workers are sick with the virus with 5 Nurses, one doctor and four Nursing Assistants among them from the same hospital.

He said “hospital clusters” are the newest feature in the Covid pandemic in Sri Lanka and that these have developed in the National Hospital in Colombo, the National Hospital in Kandy, the Kethumathy Hospital and several hospitals in the Gampaha district. The latest to be affected is Ratnapura, he said.

Officials said 484 new Covid patients have been identified yesterday with two deaths bringing the total fatalities to 217. The total number infected in Sri Lanka is 45,726 and the number receiving treatment for the disease is 7,247. (Colombo, January 6, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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