ECONOMYNEXT – Withdrawal symptoms has made five inmates of a quarantine camp in Sri Lanka to flee, forcing military authorities to bring doctors and to help them cope and help them kick the habit a top official said.
Epidemiological sleuths in Sri Lanka’s military found several contacts of a case in Suduwella, Ja-Ela, north of Ja-Ela.
Later more contacts and were located in an underserved area close to Colombo where one person was infected, leading to dozens living nearby to be taken for quarantine and the area locked down.
“We took a group to the Kandakadu quarantine centre,” Sri Lanka’s military chief Shavendra Silva said Saturday.
“Yesterday five people tried to flee. Some ran away saying they could not live without the substance,” he explained.
“Some ran away leaving their clothes. So we sent doctors and psychologists from Colombo to help them overcome this dependence on the substance.
“So with the quarantine we have to try to help them get over this dependence as well.”
Sri Lanka had confirmed 244 coronavirus patients so far and a new index case was discovered two days earlier.
Six patients reported up to 2200 hour s on April 17 related to two contacts of two patients, health official said. (Colombo/Apr18/2020)