Iranawila Voice of America building to be turned to a hospital

2020-03-27 at 09:05

Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi says the Voice of America building located in Iranawila will be transformed into a hospital, to treat persons suspected to have contracted COVID-19 promptly.

Speaking during an observational tour of the building Minister Wanniarachchi said a decision was reached to treat 50 individuals in the relevant building.

Joining the occasion Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said the building has a suitable environment for this purpose.

Dr. Jasinghe noted the importance of the building is the ability to use it without disrupting services at yet another hospital.

He stressed however that it was not a quarantine centre, adding that only those suspected to have contracted the virus will be admitted to the hospital, similar to measures taken at the Homagama Hospital.

Dr. Jasinghe added the admission of regular patients was halted at the Homagama Hospital and only those suspected to have contracted the virus were admitted instead, while a quarantine centre is being maintained in one section of the hospital as well.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe said there is a possibility to maintain a quarantine centre in the Voice of America building as well, adding that it will be used to quarantine persons who lack space to be quarantined at their residences and not for collective quarantine.

He added both of these functions are being carried out at the Homagama Hospital at present.

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