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First Doctor Dies from COVID-19

A 31-year-old doctor has become the country's first doctor to die after contracting the novel coronavirus. Dr. Gayan Danthanarayana who had contracted COVID-19 had been receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.


Ragama doctor succumbs to COVID-19

Mahinda P. Liyanage and Ishara Mudugamuwa

The death of the first Sri Lankan doctor due to COVID-19 was reported from the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital (KTH) yesterday (02).

The deceased has been identified as Gayan Danthanarayana (31), a resident of Heenkanda in Ragama. He succumbed to the pandemic while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of KTH.

He had been initially admitted to the IDH Hospital in Colombo due to COVID while working at the Ragama Hospital. He was later transferred to the Karapitiya Hospital on January 27 for treatment due to pneumonia and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

He died yesterday in an artificial respirator. He is the first doctor in Sri Lanka to die of the COVID virus, a Karapitiya Hospital spokesman said.

GMOA Editor Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that as a tribute to Dr.Gayan, the country should take necessary measures to control the spread of COVID-19 and prevent such types of deaths in the future.

He stressed the importance of taking necessary measures to accelerate the process of detecting and diagnosing new cases.The number of PCR tests conducted per a day should be increased and a mechanism should be implemented to provide accurate test results within at least 24 hours, he said.

Danthanarayana was educated at an international school in Nugegoda and obtained his medical degree from a university in China. His father was also a doctor. Family members of the deceased doctor have also been quarantined, the Galle District Health Services Director’s office confirmed.