Steps have been taken, according to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, to provide intensive care services to critically ill patients of the third COVID-19 wave currently sweeping the country at the John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital (KDU).
Accordingly, three Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of the John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital (KDU) will be allocated for the intensive care of Covid patients and 24 ICU beds and 12 High Dependency Beds (HDU beds) have been set up in these units to provide all facilities including Hi-flow oxygen, the Minister said.
Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi paid a special visit to the John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital last night (29) to inquire into the matter.
During the special discussion held after the visit, the Minister instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health and the Director General of Health Services to expedite the deployment of 30 doctors, 80 nurses and 25 junior staff members required to maintain this Intensive Care Unit.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Health and the Director General of Health Services were instructed to expedite the provision of medical equipment and medicines needed to strengthen the Covid care services and to provide safe accommodation and transport facilities for the medical staff coming to work in these Intensive Care Units.
Minister Wanniarachchi also said that the Ministry of Health has taken steps to expand intensive care services and increase the capacity of beds in hospitals and Covid treatment centers islandwide under the special program to strengthen Covid care services.
Maj. Gen. Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary of Health, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jayan Mendis, Executive Director of John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital, Brigadier Saman Tilak, Director General of Medical Services and specialist doctors participated in the visit.