‘SL ensured all possible facilities to treat cases’

2020-10-23 at 18:00

Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi today said Sri Lanka has ensured all possible facilities to treat coronavirus patients.

Speaking in Parliament today during the debate on the present situation related to COVID-19 the Minister said in March during the inception of the COVID-19 outbreak, only 250 beds were available to treat patient with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases the main facility prepared to treat cases apart from eight other hospitals.

Minister Wanniarachchi said as of October 3,500 beds have been set up with 30 hospitals prepared to treat coronavirus cases.

The Health Minister added 250 PCR tests were carried out initially while as of today Sri Lanka has a capacity to conduct 8,000 PCR tests with laboratories having been expanded.

She also noted that the World Health Organisation has informed the government that a vaccine is being prepared and that the country should prepare to administer it.