COVID-19 infects 22 Cancer patients at Apeksha
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Acting Director of Apeksha Hospital Maharagama, Dr. Lalith Poddalagoda told the media that the hospital was currently treating 22 Cancer patients infected with COVID-19. Cancer treatment was neglected when COVID-19 infected cancer patients were transferred to other treatment facilities for the viral infection, he said. Also Oncologists at the cancer hospital too found it difficult to go to those hospitals and treat cancer patients. He said that a COVID treatment facility had been set up at the Hospital with 77 beds inclusive of 25 beds for children to treat those suffering from the terminal illness.
Meanwhile, Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) urged private sector institutions to take immediate measures to inform the relevant Medical Officer of Health (MOH) office of the area if a COVID-19 positive case was detected from amongst their employees. Treasurer of the Public Health Inspectors Union Sri Lanka (PHIUSL), Yasas Mudalige on Thursday (6) said that since of late the private sector institutions showed a tendency towards rushing to do PCRs on their employees the moment at least one of them was diagnosed with the COVID19 virus. “However it is best to follow instructions given by the MOH office of the area.
According to epidemiological instructions it is best for the contacts of that particular patient or patients, according to the epidemiological instructions, to wait for a period of 10 days when the viral load would increase and they would also show symptoms if they too had contacted the disease, Mudalige said. Also, the contacts or even those who have had no contact with the particular employee were affected psychologically.
He said that although this had not been a problem earlier it was currently becoming an issue in the accurate diagnosis of the cases and disease spread. Tests on other employees- even contacts of the first patient would turn out negative if hurried PCR or Rapid Antigen tests were carried out the moment one employee tested positive, he said.