The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka says guidelines have not been issued thus far pertaining to duties that must be carried out when treating COVID-19 patients at home.
Speaking to media Chairman of the Union Upul Rohana said PHIs are inconvenienced as COVID-19 patients at home are filing complaints with PHIs.
Upul Rohana said the Ministry of Health has issued a circular pertaining to treating COVID-19 patients at home adding however that a stringent programme has not been established in this regard thus far.
He noted the pilot project in the Kalutara District is being carried out in a stringent manner.
Rohana stated however offices of the Medical Officer of Health in other areas have not been provided with necessary passwords to register COVID-19 patients through call centres.
He noted persons identified as COVID-19 patients are asked to remain at home, while PHIs and MOH officers must take care of them.
Upul Rohana stressed if a patient’s situation becomes critical the area Medical Officer of Health must be informed promptly through the call centre, and not the PHI.
He noted accordingly the MOH must be informed to allocate an ambulance or hospital.
He stated however as there is no such system in place, patients inform the PHI of changes in their symptoms.