Covid patients to be treated at centres close to homes

State Minister, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle.

Those diagnosed with COVID-19 would be sent to treatment centres and Intermediate Care Centres closest to their homes, the Health Ministry said yesterday, May 17.

 The decision was taken at a meeting held yesterday at the Health Ministry. Health Minister – Pavithra Wanniarachchi, State Minister – Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Ministry officials took part in the meeting.

A Health Minister’s spokesman said the decision had been taken to lessen the psychological trauma on the patient and the family.

The Ministry will also supply necessary medical equipment and medical staff to treatment centres that are being built by the government and non- governmental organizations.

State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) has been instructed to procure AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses required for the second jab as soon as possible.