A new system has been introduced for COVID-19 patients who are at homes to register to seek medical advice.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Director of Tertiary Care Services of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ayanthi Karunaratne said previously information to register a patient was obtained by the Regional Medical Officer of Health.
Through the new system, patients can directly register themselves. Dr. Karunaratne said 90,821 COVID-positive patients were observed from homes, while at present 6,035 patients are in home care.
She noted the number of cases isolated at home is gradually reducing, adding that when the home care system was initially introduced, patients were registered through the MOH or area Public Health Inspector.
However, Dr. Karunaratne said with the drop in COVID-cases, a system has now been introduced for patients to register themselves directly, through an app that can be used via mobile or desktop.
She added the 1390 hotline can be used to directly contact authorities in order to reach decisions on their health wellbeing.
Media Spokesman of the Health Ministry Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said there is no direct link between vaccinations and the reopening of schools. Dr. Herath said it is all relative adding that the coronavirus situation and the number of cases have to be considered.
Dr. Herath said schools have been closed for a while, while several matters need to be considered when reopening schools, such as the conduct and duration required to conduct examinations among other concerns. He claimed the spread of the virus, health condition and future academics are also important matters when reaching a decision.
Dr. Herath also stated that education infrastructure must also be considered when reopening schools. Dr. Herath also stated that the expert committee on vaccinations has issued a clear directive adding that there is no correlation between reopening schools and vaccinations of children.
He claimed it should take place independently based on scientific findings. Dr. Hemantha Herath said a fitting decision will be reached.