ICU facilities at KDU for COVID patients

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that the John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital (KDU) has taken steps to provide intensive care services to patients suffering from Covid infection due to the third wave of Covid-19 which is currently spreading across the country.

Accordingly, 03 Intensive Care Units at John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital (KDU) will be set aside for the intensive care of Covid patients and 24 ICU beds and 12 High Dependency Beds (HDU beds) will be set up in these units for all including Hi-flow oxygen.

The Minister of Health points out that steps have been taken to provide facilities.

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 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.

The Ministry of Health 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 treatment services.

Maj. Gen. Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jayan Mendis, Executive Director of John Kotelawala Defense University Hospital, Dr. Brigadier Saman Tilak, Director General of Medical Services and others were present during the visit.

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