Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told Parliament yesterday that Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in Malabe would be allocated to treat COVID-19 patients as one of the measures to face the current outbreak in the country.  

She also revealed that  on Oct 6, a total of 4,800 PCR tests have been conducted on the employees at Brandix Apparel Limited in Minuwangoda, close contacts of the employees and other associates related to those close contacts.

Apart from that, another 1,800 PCR tests have been conducted on random persons in the society as well, she added.

Responding to a question of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, the minister said: “We have taken all the possible measures to control the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. We do not transport COVID-19 patients and persons who have suspicious COVID-19 symptoms together. They are being sent to hospitals separately. Several hospitals have been allocated to specifically treat COVID-19 patients. Also, conducting random PCR tests in the hospitals is carrying out as usually did.”

Speaking about quarantining hospital staff, the Minister said that all the necessary measures have been taken to provide suitable places for them.

“We gave apartment type places to them first, but we heard there were some issues. Last time hotels were used for this. I instructed the Ministry Secretary to make the same arrangements. Now, discussions are being held with suitable hotels for this purpose,” she said.