Gampaha facing COVID-19 rise – GMOA
By J.T. de Silva
The GMOA has warned the number of COVID-19 infections within the Gampaha District could rise to alarming proportions during the coming days. GMOA General Secretary Dr. Senal Fernando stated following rapid antigen tests conducted on a group of people who had arrived at the Negombo General Hospital for treatment for colds, around 80 per cent had tested COVID-19 positive. He said this development is not healthy for those patients at the Gampaha Hospital and affirmed that it further confirms the danger posed to the District by the illness.
He remarked that given this situation the entire hospital sector in the Gampaha District could collapse, being unable to cater to the ever increasing number of COVID-19 patients. The GMOA Secretary noted that one of the surefire methods to combat the spread of the pandemic would be to treat those who had not tested positive to the virus within their homes under medical supervision. He added that the GMOA had summoned daily reports from all doctors and medical staff serving in the Gampaha District by yesterday. Dr. Fernando mentioned that the situation in the Gampaha District has also been informed to the President, DG Health Services and the subject Minister.