Hospitalizing COVID-19 patients not essential – state minister

Hospitalizing COVID-19 patients not essential – state minister

Hospitalizing COVID-19 patients not essential – state minister

Written by Staff Writer

26 Oct, 2020 | 5:05 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): Individuals identified with COVID-19 will be admitted to facilities other than hospitals if infections continue to surge, a state minister has said.

“…hospitalizing a patient is not essential,” Prof. Channa Jayasumana, the state minister of production, supply and regulation of pharmaceuticals insisted.

He pointed out that COVID-19 patients who test positive for the virus are given basic treatment at hospitals until they test negative for the infection.

“If a person tests positive for COVID-19, we consider them as an infected person and not as a patient,” Jayasumana added.

He explained that authorities have identified facilities other than hospitals to admit COVID-19 patients until they recover from the virus.

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