‘Tactical approaches needed to handle COVID’

2021-01-20 at 06:38

The Government Medical Officers Association has warned that the coronavirus will intensify by the end of January if tactical approaches are not taken to suit the country’s present situation.

Editor of the GMOA Dr. Haritha Aluthge speaking at a media briefing said, 50% of daily coronavirus cases are reported outside of the Western Province.

Dr. Aluthge said a month ago 80-85% of cases were recorded from the Western Province, although the percentage has reduced to 50%, with other provinces reporting up to 50% of cases.

Dr. Aluthge stressed efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in the Western Province have failed.

He noted cases are on the rise in the Eastern Province, while around 100 cases are reported on a daily basis in the Central Province, particularly in Kandy.

He said new risks for the spread of the virus have emerged in Matara, with the entire Sabaragamuwa Province also being of concern due to rising cases in the Ratnapura and Kegalle Districts.

The Doctor stressed it is apparent that they have failed to control the spread of coronavirus within the Western Province, stating that if effective plans are not implemented, cases may continue to rise abnormally.

Dr. Aluthge added a shortage of beds in treatment facilities to treat patients with health complications is also a major concern at present.

He said therefore the Ministry of Health and the Epidemiology Unit must reveal the ground reality to the President and other relevant individuals, adding if the matter is miscommunicated to authorities, they will be unable to reach suitable decisions.