Hospital returns to normalcy after employee tests positive




Staff members and in-house patients at Melsta Hospitals – Ragama were subjected to PCR tests yesterday (14) after one of the hospital employees had tested positive for Covid-19.

The employee who tested positive for Covid-19 had conducted lectures at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre.

Issuing a statement, Melsta Hospitals – Ragama stated: “A staff member who recently joined Melsta Hospitals – Ragama has tested positive for Covid-19, and is currently being treated at a government hospital. In light of these circumstances, Melsta Hospitals – Ragama has been actively taking all the necessary preventive and precautionary measures under the close guidance of the Public Health Inspector (PHI) and Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of the Gampaha District.

“Prior to commencing his employment at Melsta Hospitals – Ragama on 1 July 2020, the coronavirus-afflicted staff member (who was attached to another leading private hospital at the time) had visited the Kandakadu (Treatment and) Rehabilitation Centre on a lecturing assignment, upon the request of the Ministry.

“After his visit, having learnt that the Kandakadu area was marked as an ‘at risk’ Covid-19 location, the staff member had immediately and voluntarily undergone a PCR test at a reputed private healthcare institution, for which he had tested negative.

“Subsequently, as a precaution, he had enrolled to be quarantined outside of Colombo, after which his next PCR test (which was conducted at the quarantine centre) had revealed a positive result. He has since been admitted to a government hospital, where he is being monitored and remains in good health,” the statement noted.

“Following these events, the management of Melsta Hospitals – Ragama spared no efforts in promptly and responsibly addressing the situation and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the rest of its staff and most importantly, its valued patients and patrons,” the hospital added.

Melsta Hospitals – Ragama has stated that it will continue its operations as usual, under the approval of the relevant government authorities, and will continue to keep the public informed of any new developments going forward.