PHIs raise concerns about decision to keep asymptomatic patients at home
The Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors Association says that the decision to monitor asymptomatic COVID-19 infectees at home would create more problems.
"The COVID-19 situation within Sri Lanka has worsened within the last week, with over 2,000 infected persons being reported daily. A lot of grassroots-level cases are not at COVID-19 treatment centres but are being reported from homes.
"The situation of cases at grassroots level has become conflicting as many have obstructed the Public Health Inspectors attempting to do their duties to monitor patients at home. " He said.
Rohana also mentioned that regional medical staff such as Medical Officers of Health (MOH) and PHIs are not enough to provide medical treatment to asymptomatic patients at home, and the transportation facilities are also in a substandard state.
"We have to wait for five-six hours after summoning an ambulance at times. If the symptoms that a patient exhibits worsens, we really are unable to do anything.
"The lack of infrastructure has become a big issue for us. This situation could lead to more patients dying at home. Any patient whose symptoms worsen after a while needs immediate care. We are ready to take care of asymptomatic patients, but the lack of infrastructure could lead to more deaths" He concluded.