Islandwide home care programme for Covid infected children

Following the rapid increase in the number of children infected with COVID-19, a home-based treatment program was initiated for COVID-infected children aged above 02 years.

According to Dr. Channa De Silva, Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician at Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo, the system is now being implemented island-wide.

However, it was noted that children who undergo home-based care should not have uncontrolled comorbidities, chronic heart diseases or other medical conditions. Children requiring home-based care should have an adult at home for providing caregiver support, as well as proper communication facilities.

Children eligible for this procedure can be given treatment at home in coordination with the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of the area.

For inquiries in this regard can be obtained from the call centre through the hotline 1390.