Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the health authorities to take immediate measures to control the spread of a viral flu-like disease in the Southern Province without restricting to financial constraints.
President Sirisena paid a surprise visit to the Ministry of Health yesterday to inquire about the measures taken to control the viral disease spreading in the Southern Province and the treatment efforts at the state hospitals.
Participating in a discussion with the relevant officials at the Ministry, the President inquired about the speedy implementation of the program to control spread of disease and treatment of patients.
The President instructed the officials to strengthen the relevant mechanism without concerns about the finances and to provide the nurses and other health service staff to the relevant hospitals as needed.
President Sirisena also informed the officials that if there are any shortages he can provide any equipment or medicine needed immediately, for the treatment of patients outside the regular tender procedures while considering it as an urgency.
If not needed urgently, the President asked the officials to provide a written list of the items they need and he will submit it to the cabinet on Wednesday to get the necessary approval.
President Sirisena also instructed the officials to immediately release the necessary funds to relevant provincial councils to meet the needs of the provincial hospitals if there are any shortages in providing treatment.
The President also inquired from the officials about the media reports which said the Intensive Care Unit of the Karapitiya Hospital lack sufficient facilities. The officials said that the hospital has adequate facilities at present.
The Doctors pointed out that the schools in the Southern Province were closed to control the spread of the viral disease but now the disease is under control and no need to keep the schools closed any further. Accordingly, the Education authorities have decided to open the schools tomorrow.
The Health authorities also pointed out that The Health Research Unit has been carrying out the research on the viral disease and there is no risk of spreading the disease.
Meanwhile, the Medical Supply Unit has informed the President that the government hospitals have enough amount of pharmaceuticals and drugs to treat the patients.
Deputy Director of the Medical supply Unit of the Ministry, Dr. Thusitha Sudarshana said that no shortage is witnessed in issuing drugs to the patients. He added that enough stocks are being maintained at the government hospitals.
The President’s attention was also focused on the program for the control of dengue fever, and the specialist doctors pointed out that there is about 70 percent reduction in the disease prevalence, in comparison to the last two years.
Deputy Minister of Health Faizer Cassim, the Acting Director General of Health Services and the Deputy Director of Health Services of the Southern Province, and other specialists were present at the meeting.