Covid-19 Situation in Sri Lanka: Hospital and Surveillance systems could be at risk, warns GMOA

Covid-19 Situation in Sri Lanka: Hospital and Surveillance systems could be at risk, warns GMOA

19 January 2021 09:07 am

In any event that the tendency to emerge Covid-19 cases in unusual figures throughout the country continues, the entire Hospital System and the Surveillance System could collapse, warned Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) speaking to the press yesterday (18). 

Responding to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, Union Editor Dr. Haritha Aluthge emphasised that the consequences would be unimaginable at the end of January this year, if the country fails to move forward with strategic approaches ideal to Sri Lanka. 

"For example, the day before yesterday 425 recoveries were made but 749 new cases were reported. Looking back at over a week's period, we had been able to keep the number of recoveries above the number of cases reported daily. So it did not add weight to our system. But now, weight is being added to our system daily," he commented.

"We have seen the health systems of developed states with standard facilities tear apart before our very eyes. This was quite evident in England, America, Germany and Italy. We have no such capacities. We have a very limited number of beds, ICUs, doctors and nurses in staff. We should be making the decisions with having in mind that our capacities are very limited," Dr. Aluthge commented, pointing out that otherwise Sri Lanka may be facing the same fate as the United States and the United Kingdom amid increasing new infections. 

Citing information received from all GMOA branches, Dr. Aluthge revealed that there is a huge crisis in the absence of beds upon identifying patients with complications and risks, urging the Ministry of Health that the real situation must be informed to the President and the Administration.  

In the burden put on the hospital system, the public health system and the surveillance system at an intolerable weight, a daily count of new infections could be multiplied by the number of contacts each encountered, Aluthge went on, warning that the number of staffers in the systems are limited for treatment and care.

Accordingly, a change in the strategic approach must be adopted in view of protecting all the systems, the GMOA Editor further emphasised.