Health authorities say around 40-50 percent of coronavirus infected persons who get admitted to main hospitals in the Western Province at present, require oxygen supply through high flow machines.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau today, Deputy Director General-Medical Services Dr. Lal Panapitiya said several patients with major health complications are getting admitted at present.
Dr. Panapitiya noted that such persons are not being directed to hospitals from intermediate treatment centres or while being part of the home-based care programme.
He said the situation is concerning since some patients are getting admitted to hospitals only after realising their situation is critical.
Dr. Lal Panapitiya advised persons with symptoms of COVID-19 to refrain from undertaking any high-intensity physical activity which will result in breathing difficulties and respiratory issues.
He said when the health condition of coronavirus infected persons deteriorates drastically, hospital staff are required to use cpap, bipap and high-flow oxygen machines.
Dr. Lal Panapitiya said if the public exercise utmost caution and follow health guidelines, such situations can be avoided.
He urged people to have self-discipline and follow the guidelines issued by authorities as soon as they observe symptoms of COVID-19.