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Nearest hospitals for symptomatic patients

All facilities for treatment centres
Second dose vaccination to be expedited
More Rapid Antigen Tests mulled

The Ministry of Health has decided to admit symptomatic COVID-19 patients to the hospital or treatment centre nearest to their homes.

The decision was taken at the COVID-19 Performance Review Committee that met yesterday with the participation of Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID Disease Control Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle at the Health Ministry auditorium.

This decision has been taken after considering the mental and emotional pressure experienced by both patients as well as the family members due to the admission of patients to treatment centres far away from their homes.

In addition to this, it was also decided to provide the necessary medical equipment for the treatment centres being constructed by various Governmental and non-Governmental organizations and to expedite the provision of medical staff including doctors and nurses.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has instructed the State Pharmaceutical Corporation to expedite the importation of stocks of AstraZeneca vaccines required to administer the second dose for 600,000 persons and to conduct more Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in the field in line with the PCR tests to identify COVID-19 positive cases.

Lateral Flow Tests such as RATs take less time to produce results.

The vaccination drive will be expedited with the expected arrival of more Sputnik V doses from Russia in due course. The Government has also ordered five million doses from Pfizer/BioNTech of US/Germany, while more Sinopharm shots are also awaited.

The Pfizer mRNA vaccines require ultra-cold storage at -70 Celsius while the other vaccines can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures (2-8 Celsius).

Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Additional Secretaries and Deputy Directors General, Specialists and several other officials were present on the occasion.