(VIDEO) Guidelines drafted to treat COVID patients at home; Dr. Sudarshani

(VIDEO) Guidelines drafted to treat COVID patients at home; Dr. Sudarshani

Written by Zulfick Farzan

07 May, 2021 | 5:43 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka is currently preparing guidelines to treat COVID-19 cases at home given the spike in daily infections, said State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle on Friday (07).

“As there is a PCR backlog in the country there is a delay in receiving test results,” said the State Minister adding that it is important to remain isolated at home after undergoing a PCR test.

“If the PCR test is positive it is important to remain in a separate room in the house and we are currently preparing the guidelines to place such COVID patients at home under medical observation and to transport them to hospitals or ICC, in the event they develop complications,” she said adding this will apply to houses with separate rooms to isolate COVID patients.

In the event there is a COVID-19 patient in a residence with a high number of family members, that person will be taken away for treatment, she added.

The State Minister also went on to note that an operation was launched to increase the hospital bed capacity in every district by at least another 2000 beds while also establishing Intermediate Care Centers across every district.

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