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* Only one out of 71 admitted to hospital in Sri Lanka infected with coronavirus - health official
Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 12:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 02, Colombo: Dr. Hasitha Attanayake, the Director of Sri Lanka’s Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) said that 71 patients suspected to have been contracted coronavirus were admitted to the National Infectious Diseases Institute within the past week.

However, Colombo Medical Research Institute confirmed only one person was actually infected with the deadly virus and the affected woman, a Chinese visitor has recovered completely, the official said.

Most of the patients suspected to have been infected with the new coronavirus and admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Angoda have been discharged after confirming that they are negative for the virus. Only nine patients including the infected Chinese woman are still receiving treatment at the hospital, the Director said.

According to Dr. Attanayake, the routine services of the hospital are continuing as usual and all health staff dedicatedly providing services. The official has requested the media not to mislead the public with false news.

"The National Infectious Disease Agency has already admitted 71 patients this week, suspected of contracting the new coronavirus." Only one person has been confirmed by the Colombo Medical Research Institute that was actually infected with the virus. Specialist doctors say the patient's condition is recovering. It is a great achievement for us as a department. Nine patients are receiving treatment at the 'A' division, which treats these suspected patients. Five of them are Sri Lankans and the rest are foreign nationals, along with the Chinese woman who was confirmed with the virus.”

Dr. Attanayake said all other departments, including the OPD of the hospital, resident wards, and clinics function as normal. Due to the dissemination of false information in the media, a decrease in the number of outpatient and inpatient admissions is seen, the official said. “Nevertheless, wards are open to inpatients, and clinics to outpatients.”

“All staff, including specialist medical staff, medical, nursing, paramedical and supplementary staff, junior staff, contracted security services, are working with more enthusiasm and commitment today for the country. We must also value the service rendered by the junior staff. They carry out their duties with more dedication and enthusiasm than ever before without receiving any extra allowance.”

Dr. Attanayake said the Ministry of Health has provided the historic hospital, which is almost 200 years old, with all necessary equipment medicines, protective clothing, and other facilities necessary to treat patients.


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