Two more COVID wards at Karapitiya Hospital

Two more wards have been allocated for COVID-19 patients as at May 1 as Ward No. 36 of the Galle Karapitiya Teaching Hospital is filled to capacity, the Acting Director of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Consultant Dr. K.H.G Jivaratne said.

“By last Saturday night, 55 COVID patients were reported from Ward 36 of the hospital. In consideration of the situation, as a temporary measure, wards 46 and 25 of the Karapitiya Hospital were booked for COVID patients. Moreover, the Akmeemana Maliban Hospital will be used to treat COVID patients,” the Acting Hospital Director said. In fact, some stumbling blocks have been caused as more COVID-19 patients are being reported daily. Measures have been taken to reserve two wards at the Karapitiya Hospital and Maliban Hospital in Akmeemana for COVID patients to reduce congestion. The Akmeemana Maliban Hospital can accommodate 50 beds.

“In addition, the main Intensive Care Units of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital with seven beds has been allocated for the critically ill COVID-19 patients. The separate wards had to be reserved for patients at the Karapitiya Hospital as the Quarantine Centres of the province were filled to capacity,” Dr.Jivaratne said.

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