Health authorities say an increase in the number of persons infected by various viruses has been observed in recent days in addition to cases of COVID and dengue.
Speaking to media, Consultant Paediatrician at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children Dr. Hasitha Liyanaarachchi attributed the increase mainly due to the cold weather.
Speaking to media at the Health Promotion Bureau, Dr. Liyanaarachchi said children are at risk of contracting viruses due to exposure.
He said it is a norm in Sri Lanka that the number of virus related cases increase during the winter months.
Meanwhile speaking at the same briefing, Consultant Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dhammika Dissanayake commented on the recent gas leak explosions reported across the country and also on minimizing firework related incidents during the festive season.
Dr. Dissanayake said certain steps must be taken to minimize the impact of burn injuries.
He said fire related incidents should be handled with utmost precaution.
Dr. Dhammika Dissanayake said if an individual sustains burn injuries, the area should be exposed to clean running water for at least 20 minutes.
He said water should be clean and at room temperature and advised people to immediately take the victim to a medical centre as soon as possible.
Dr. Dissanayake noted that the number of firework related incidents increase during the festive months adding however damages could be minimized if the public adheres to guidelines issued by experts.