Child healthcare: Government urged to take urgent action

  • Concerns about monkeypox following death in Kerala

By Asiri Fernando

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has written to the Health Ministry last week, seeking for the now-disbanded National Covid-19 Coordination Centre to be reinstated due to an increase in hospitalisation of children from the viral flu, dengue, and Covid-19, The Sunday Morning learns.

According to GMOA Spokesperson Dr. Vasan Ratnasingam, the body of medical professionals is concerned about the increase in the rate of children being admitted to hospitals at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children and other State hospitals islandwide.

“We have written to the Health Ministry requesting it to recall the Covid-19 Technical Committee and the Covid-19 Coordination Centre which was operational under the Health Ministry as a matter of urgency,” Dr. Ratnasingam told The Sunday Morning

He added that the report of new cases and one death from the monkeypox virus in South India were of great concern and urged the Government to take steps to mitigate the threat of its spread to Sri Lanka.

When contacted, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Ministry was aware of the concerns and was closely following the situation. 

“We also have a committee of experts who meet on a daily basis to discuss the threat landscape and we will act accordingly,” Rambukwella said, acknowledging that the Ministry was concerned about the spread of monkeypox.