ECONOMYNEXT- With Covid patient numbers nearing the maximum number of available hospital beds President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered that asymptomatic patients be housed in non-hospital locations under the care of medical personnel, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr Ramesh Pathirana said.
Pathirana told reporters at the regular weekly cabinet Press briefing that the President has given the order as the number of COVID patients reaching the initial capacity of 5000 hospital beds.
He said that it was decided to retain COVID patients with complications in hospitals while directing asymptomatic patients which amount to 75-80pct of the total patient count to non-hospital centres.
He also added that the decision was taken in accordance with the criteria given by the GMOA and other specialist doctors in controlling the patients while maintaining their health level.
Further, he said that the government yesterday decided to direct first contacts of COVID patients to self-quarantine as the quarantine centres are nearing their maximum capacity.
Earlier, the GMOA called for tiered treatment of patients where younger mostly asymptomatic cases are kept at monitored treatment centres and older patients and those with underlying conditions are kept in hospital. (Colombo/Oct27/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe