Dr. Hemantha Herath warns: Hospitals Reaching Maximum Capacity
BY DILANTHI JAYAMANNE
Deputy Director General, Disaster Management and Emergency Assistance, Dr. Hemantha Herath warned that several hospitals treating patients with COVID-19 are reaching maximum capacity. Dr. Herath told the Media yesterday (27) there is an increase in the number COVID-19 symptomatic patients.
Adding to the worries of the health services is also the increasing demand for oxygen to treat these patients, he said. According to the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) a total 1665 COVID-19 patients were detected on Monday (26).
The number of active cases being treated in hospitals and interim care centres increased to 25,027 inclusive of 23,042 cases from the PostNew Year cluster, 992 from the Prison cluster and 993 from among the imported cases.
Meanwhile, nurses threatened to stage protests in 100 State hospitals today (28) demanding that the circular regarding their promotions, incorporation into staff grade category and a five-day work week, Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA), Saman Ratnapriya warned.
Ratnapriya, demanded that the circular reducing the period of nursing promotions be issued. “They should be given their Grade II promotions in five years and their Grade I promotion in 12 years”.
The nurses also demanded a five-day work week like all other State service employees, he added.“It’s almost a month since the Health Ministry pledged to issue the circular with Cabinet approval”