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Medical consultants seek possibilities of treating COVID-19 patients at private sector hospitals

A high-level delegation of medical experts met with Army Commander Shavendra Silva and discussed possibilities of treating COVID-19 patients at private sector hospitals, if they so desire, Army Media said.

It said the medical experts comprised of Consultants and Medical Specialists met the Army Commander who is also the Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at the Army Headquarters last afternoon.

The delegation included the Consultant Surgeon Dr Maiya Gunasekera, Consultant Physician (Prof) Arjuna De Silva, Gynaecologist (Prof) Hemantha Dodampahala, Endocrinologist (Prof) Prasad Katulanda and the Consultant Physician, Dr Eranga Narangoda.

The medical specialists maintained that such opportunities should remain open for the virus-infected patients wishing to receive treatment at private sector hospitals since this could also help ease prevailing congestion at state sector hospitals and create more space largely for less income groups.

Lieutenant General Silva had assured them that their concerns would be taken up shortly at the NOCPCO Task Force, Director General of Health Services and other authorities before a decision is made in this regard.