COVID-19 attacks 33 doctors, 70 nurses
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
With the total number of COVID-19 patients detected following the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festive season reaching 20,843, medical sources said over 30 doctors had also been infected by the virus.
Accordingly, 33 doctors had been infected with the coronavirus with the emergence of the new cluster. Sources said of them two were consultants. Also, 70 nurses including sisters, serving in hospitals around the country, had been tested positive for COVID-19, Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA), Saman Ratnapriya said.
They included nurses from District General Hospital, Trincomallee (17), District General Hospital, Matara (4), Base Hospital Kamburupitiya (2), and Teaching Hospital Anuradhapura (2), Teaching Hospital Peradeniya (3), Teaching Hospital Ragama (8), District General Hospital, Chilaw (2), Teaching Hospital, Kegalle (2), Teaching Hospital Karapitiya (4) and Base Hospital Walasmulla (3). Responding to questions Ratnapriya said there were pregnant doctors and nurses who were serving as frontline workers in battling COVID-19. According to medical experts contacting the virus after 28 weeks of gestation proved harmful to the foetus. The GNOA has already appealed to the Health Ministry to appoint the pregnant nursing staff serving as frontliners to hospitals that did not cater to corona patients, Ratnapriya said.