Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)
AMS warns of an impending crisis
The Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) has warned of an “impending” COVID-19 crisis, stating that the recent escalation of positive cases and their geographical distribution compel “us to suspect that there is imminent or established community transmission in Sri Lanka”.
“We strongly feel that it would be quite prudent to assume as established community transmission, even as low grade to minimize further spread and its dreadful eventualities.We should never ignore the fact that our existing healthcare capacity with its limitations will not be able to meet the national treatment requirements. It will be far worse when it comes to intensive care,” it states.
To mitigate such circumstances, the AMS has urged the government to: Ban public gatherings including political rallies and tuition classes, review and re-adjust the table of school reopening and re-impose restrictions for public transport, etc. Expand PCR testing of at-risk groups and random community testing Active contact tracing and limited lockdowns without hesitation if necessary
While appreciating all successful measures taken and hard work done so far by the health authorities and the military with correct leadership, the AMS headed by Dr. L.A. Ranasinghe has requested the government to take serious note of the current status and act fast, not pretending that there is no crisis.