Member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association Specialist Dr. Malkanthi Galhena says medical teams are working with dedication in monitoring COVID-19 positive patients at homes during the 14-day programme.
Speaking at a media briefing Dr. Galhena said once a patient has been admitted to the care service, a trained doctor will be assigned to the patient.
She said not only the patient’s physical health, but mental health and living conditions must be suitable.
She added the patient will be transferred to a hospital considering the wellbeing of family members, if a separate room and toilet is not available.
Dr. Galhena said ambulance services are also available in the event any complications arise adding patient’s lives will not be placed in danger.
Dr. Galhena also explained of a method of measuring oxygen concentration at home for COVID-patients.
She said a patient can use a pulse oximeter to calculate oxygen levels.
She said hospitals have this facility for mid-range patients adding the public can purchase a quality oximeter for between Rs.3,000-5,000.
Dr. Galhena said patients who are unable to obtain a pulse oximeter can instead walk for 40 minutes and rest for a minute or two to determine if they develop fatigue.