The Government Medical Officers Union charges that patients
outnumber beds in certain wards at the Colombo Lady Ridgeway hospital.
Secretary of the GMOA Chandika Epitakaduwa notes that a multitude of
patients receiving treatment at various hospitals throughout the island have been diagnosed with the dengue virus.
Hence the GMOA states that urgent measures should be taken to curtail the emerging threat.
Director of the Colombo Lady Ridgeway Hospital Dr. Rathnasiri Hewage expressed these views regarding the current situation at hand.
Meanwhile Director of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that there has been a rise in the number of patients being admitted to the hospital
who had contracted dengue.
According to statistics 1117 patients have sought treatment from the Colombo national hospital regarding dengue, from the 1st of January onwards.
Currently 75 patients who have been diagnosed with the virus are receiving
in-hose treatment at the Colombo national hospital.
Deputy Director of the Kalubowila hospital Lionel Muhandiram states that
70 patients are currently receiving treatment at the hospital for dengue.
Meanwhile Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Paba Palihawadana states that the dengue virus has currently evolved into an epidemic situation.
Speaking further Dr. Palihawadana had this to say.
Against such a backdrop Deputy Minister of Health Lalith Dissanayeke has issued special guidelines to all hospitals island wide to contain the epidemic.