Experts come together to list immediate actions to circumvent the death and severely infected rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic
After a dearth of availability, finally Sri Lanka has acquired vaccinations and programs are underway to get as much of the population vaccinated rapidly. However, the delta variant is spreading faster than the people can be protected via the vaccination, that the infected and death toll is rising rapidly on a daily basis.
Lead by WHO, with the participation of Sarvodaya and other entities, a panel of leading experts came together to study the past and current patterns and give recommendations to curb the numbers of infections and death.
Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, the president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, who is a community physician by profession, participated as a specialist in both medical and community work.
Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, and other leading medical experts from the University of Colombo, the College of Community Physicians in Sri Lanka, and similar professors and consultants, along wth medical consultants of the WHO, came up with a comprehensive list of recommendations with projected results mapped out, based on their findings.
The main recommendation that the panel emphasizes on, is to restrict movement of people with lockdowns imposed and where needed, with curfews imposed, to minimize the rate of contamination and infection. They project that parallel to the control of the spread of the virus, given enough time; the current overwhelmed state of the the health care system would also ease, making the lack of availability of treatment from the basic necessity of a simple hospital bed to the more specialized oxygen tanks, a temporary situation.
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In light of these recommendations, Sarvodaya has to enhance several areas of public service which they are already providing:
- Distribution of essential food and hygiene items to households affected due to lockdown and curfew imposed.
- Distribution of health care items to care centers and quarantine centers.
- Distributing specialized treatment such as oxygen tanks.
- Facilitating their premises as vaccination centers, health care centers and quarantine centers.
- Conducting awareness and educative messages and programs
As you all know, Sarvodaya is providing these services since the start of the pandemic last year. They will continue and where needed enhance, their services. Acquiring the provisions and enabling the distribution of them, is thanks to your support. Each dollar makes it possible to get one more care pack, buy one more oxygen tank, provide one more bed, distribute one more food item.
We thank your continued support and appreciate any new contribution you would be kind to donate.